Aperol Spritz Cocktail Drink

Aperol Spritz

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Mix up your summer with this Aperol Spritz recipe! It’s a refreshing cocktail you can easily make with just a few ingredients.

Classic Aperol Spritz Recipe

Unwind with this effortless Aperol Spritz recipe! This vibrant cocktail sets the stage for a perfect summer evening, featuring Aperol, Prosecco, and a splash of soda water.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

216 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Wine Glass or Large Tumbler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your wine glass or large tumbler with ice cubes.
  • Add Aperol: Pour 2 oz Aperol over the ice.
  • Add Prosecco: Pour 3 oz Prosecco into the glass.
  • Add Soda: Top with 1 oz soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the drink gently.
  • Garnish: Add an orange slice to the glass.
  • Serve: Enjoy your Aperol Spritz right away. Cheers!

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Aperol: I often use Campari as a go-to substitute when I don't have Aperol. Campari is a bit more bitter but still delivers that citrusy kick. You can also try Cynar for an artichoke twist.
  • Prosecco: I've used champagne or cava as a substitute. They're a bit more luxurious but still add the effervescence you want.
  • Soda Water: I've even used tonic water when I ran out of soda. It adds a slightly different flavor but it works.

Making a Pitcher of Aperol Spritz:

  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by 8 for a pitcher serving 8 people. That means 16 oz of Aperol, 24 oz of Prosecco, and 8 oz of soda water.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and give it a good stir.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled wine glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Aperol Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic aperitif or make a simple syrup with orange peel and a dash of grapefruit juice for bitterness.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Use non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling water.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original recipe steps, substituting the non-alcoholic ingredients.

Making it Vegan:

  • Prosecco: Ensure the Prosecco or sparkling wine you're using is vegan-friendly. Some sparkling wines use animal-derived fining agents, so double-check the label or brand.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
216
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Potassium
 
92
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%

 

Aperol Spritz Cocktail Drink

Classic Aperol Spritz Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Unwind with this effortless Aperol Spritz recipe! This vibrant cocktail sets the stage for a perfect summer evening, featuring Aperol, Prosecco, and a splash of soda water.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 216

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Wine Glass or Large Tumbler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your wine glass or large tumbler with ice cubes.
  • Add Aperol: Pour 2 oz Aperol over the ice.
  • Add Prosecco: Pour 3 oz Prosecco into the glass.
  • Add Soda: Top with 1 oz soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the drink gently.
  • Garnish: Add an orange slice to the glass.
  • Serve: Enjoy your Aperol Spritz right away. Cheers!

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Aperol: I often use Campari as a go-to substitute when I don't have Aperol. Campari is a bit more bitter but still delivers that citrusy kick. You can also try Cynar for an artichoke twist.
  • Prosecco: I've used champagne or cava as a substitute. They're a bit more luxurious but still add the effervescence you want.
  • Soda Water: I've even used tonic water when I ran out of soda. It adds a slightly different flavor but it works.

Making a Pitcher of Aperol Spritz:

  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by 8 for a pitcher serving 8 people. That means 16 oz of Aperol, 24 oz of Prosecco, and 8 oz of soda water.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and give it a good stir.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled wine glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Aperol Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic aperitif or make a simple syrup with orange peel and a dash of grapefruit juice for bitterness.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Use non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling water.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original recipe steps, substituting the non-alcoholic ingredients.

Making it Vegan:

  • Prosecco: Ensure the Prosecco or sparkling wine you're using is vegan-friendly. Some sparkling wines use animal-derived fining agents, so double-check the label or brand.

What is an Aperol Spritz?

An Aperol Spritz is a popular Italian aperitif cocktail that combines Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water. It’s especially loved for its bright orange hue and bittersweet flavor profile. People often enjoy it during the “aperitivo” hour, Italy’s version of happy hour. The drink gained global attention and is now a staple in many bars and restaurants. This recipe may seem sophisticated, but it’s quite straightforward to put together. The International Bartenders Association (IBA) officially recognized the spritz as a cocktail in 2011. At first, they called it ‘Spritz Veneziano,’ but later they just called it ‘spritz’.

A side shot of an Aperol Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a wooden coaster surrounded by orange pieces placed on a beige table.

What is an Aperol Spritz made of – The ingredients

An Aperol Spritz consists of the following ingredients:

  • Aperol: Adds the signature bittersweet and citrusy flavors to the cocktail.
  • Prosecco: Provides effervescence and lightness, elevating the drink’s complexity.
  • Soda Water: Dilutes the mixture slightly, making the drink more refreshing.
  • Ice Cubes: Keep the cocktail chilled, enhancing its refreshing quality.
  • Orange Slice: Serves as a garnish, reinforcing the drink’s citrus notes.

Aperol, prosecco and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make the perfect Aperol Spritz?

Our step-by-step guide takes you through the process of making an Aperol Spritz:

1
<p>First, fill a wine glass or large tumbler with ice cubes to keep your drink cool and refreshing.</p>

First, fill a wine glass or large tumbler with ice cubes to keep your drink cool and refreshing.

2
<p>Pour 2 oz of Aperol over the ice, which will serve as the base of your cocktail, and add its unique bittersweet notes.</p>

Pour 2 oz of Aperol over the ice, which will serve as the base of your cocktail, and add its unique bittersweet notes.

3
<p>Follow with 3 oz of Prosecco to add effervescence and a layer of complexity to your drink.</p>

Follow with 3 oz of Prosecco to add effervescence and a layer of complexity to your drink.

4
<p>Top your mixture with 1 oz of soda water to dilute it slightly, making it more refreshing and sippable.</p>

Top your mixture with 1 oz of soda water to dilute it slightly, making it more refreshing and sippable.

5
<p>Give the drink a gentle stir using a bar spoon, mixing the ingredients.</p>

Give the drink a gentle stir using a bar spoon, mixing the ingredients.

6
<p>Finally, garnish with an orange slice to reinforce the citrus notes and make it look as good as it tastes.</p>

Finally, garnish with an orange slice to reinforce the citrus notes and make it look as good as it tastes.

7
<p>Enjoy your cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your cocktail!

Best prosecco for Aperol spritz

Selecting the right Prosecco can elevate your Aperol Spritz from good to great. Stick to a Prosecco that’s dry or extra dry for a well-balanced drink; these terms indicate less sugar content in the wine. Two reputable brands to consider are La Marca and Mionetto. La Marca offers crisp acidity and a clean finish, complementing the bittersweet notes of Aperol. Mionetto is another solid pick with its fine bubbles and hints of honey, adding a nuanced layer to your Spritz. If you want to go the extra mile, try Nino Franco Rustico. This Prosecco boasts a bright, fruity profile with a touch of minerality, seamlessly blending with Aperol’s complex flavors. In short, for a consistently tasty Aperol Spritz, my go-to is La Marca for its balance and versatility.

Best pre-mixed ready-to-drink Aperol spritz

If you’re on the go or want to skip the mixing, a pre-made Aperol Spritz can be a convenient choice. Several brands offer canned or bottled versions that capture the essence of this classic cocktail. Crafthouse Cocktails, for instance, nails the balance between Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water, delivering a crisp and bubbly experience. Another option is Monaco’s canned Aperol Spritz, which packs a citrusy punch and has a refreshing finish. But for a truly authentic experience, grab Aperol’s ready-to-drink offering. It’s made with the same iconic Aperol aperitif and pairs impeccably with Italian Prosecco. The flavors are spot-on, saving you the trouble of playing bartender. Regarding taste and authenticity, Aperol’s pre-made version is my top pick.

A side shot of an Aperol Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a wooden coaster surrounded by orange pieces placed on a beige table, in front or a white wall.

Where to buy?

First up, check out your local liquor stores. They usually have a solid lineup of ready-to-drink cocktails, including trusted brands like Crafthouse Cocktails and Monaco. Next, take into account supermarkets with a robust alcohol section. You might stumble upon pre-made Aperol Spritz options next to the craft beers. For those who prefer shopping from the comfort of home, online platforms like Drizly are a great bet. They deliver a variety of pre-made cocktails straight to your doorstep. Finally, specialty wine and spirits shops are your best friend if you want something more upscale. These stores often carry niche brands, giving you a shot at finding a top-tier, pre-mixed Aperol Spritz.

Best Aperol spritz non-alcoholic mocktail version

Going alcohol-free means taking advantage of the Aperol Spritz experience. For a mocktail that mimics the real thing, use a non-alcoholic aperitif like Aecorn Bitter. It offers a citrusy and herbaceous profile similar to Aperol but without the booze. Pair that with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine like Freixenet Alcohol-Free Sparkling Wine to replace the Prosecco. Top it off with soda water to maintain the drink’s characteristic fizz. The key is to keep the ratios similar to the original recipe for a balanced taste. 

What’s the difference between Aperol spritz and Campari spritz?

An Aperol Spritz and a Campari Spritz are similar cocktails, but they have distinct differences that set them apart. First, Aperol has a lower alcohol content than Campari, clocking in at about 11% compared to Campari’s 24%. This makes the Aperol Spritz a lighter option for those looking for a less boozy drink. Second, Aperol has a sweeter and more citrus-forward profile, while Campari offers a more bitter and herbal experience. These flavor profiles influence the overall taste of the spritz, making the Aperol version more accessible for those who are new to aperitifs. Lastly, the color difference is notable; Aperol has an orange hue, while Campari is more on the red side. This gives each spritz its own visual appeal, setting the mood for your sipping experience.

An Aperol Spritz cocktail, shot from above, in a wine glass on a wooden coaster with orange pieces around placed on a beige table.

Aperol Spritz variations – other cocktail recipes

Looking for more variations? Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Cynar Spritz: This mix swaps traditional Aperol with Cynar, giving a unique herbal and slightly bitter taste. Cynar’s artichoke base adds a deep, earthy flavor, making a nice contrast with the light Prosecco. I like the surprising herbal twist of Cynar; it adds an interesting depth to each sip.
  • Limoncello Spritz: Limoncello brings a sweet, lemony kick in this lively combination. It pairs well with the bubbly Prosecco, creating a refreshingly citrusy drink. I enjoy the lemon flavor a lot; it feels like a burst of sunshine in every glass, perfect for sunny days.
  • Elderflower Spritz: This blend introduces sweet and delicate elderflower, often in liqueur or syrup form. The floral notes of elderflower mix well with Prosecco’s fizz, offering a gentle, fragrant taste.
  • Hugo Spritz: The Hugo Spritz mixes in elderflower syrup for a sweet and floral touch. Fresh mint often garnishes it, adding a refreshingly aromatic twist. The cool, fresh mint finish is something I really enjoy, especially on hot days.

History and Origins

The Aperol Spritz has its roots in Italy, specifically in the Veneto region. The Spritz part of the drink predates Aperol and originates from the 19th century when the region was part of the Austrian Empire. Austrian soldiers and visitors often found Italian wines too strong, so they spritz or spray water into the wine to lighten it, hence the term “Spritz.”

Aperol was created in 1919, created by the Barbieri brothers, Luigi and Silvio, in Padua, Italy. This bright orange aperitif gained quick popularity for its pleasant, bittersweet taste and lower alcohol content compared to similar aperitifs like Campari.

The marriage of Aperol and the Spritz came later, largely as part of a marketing effort by the Campari Group, which acquired Aperol in 2003. They launched a successful campaign that combined Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water to make the cocktail we know today. The campaign effectively positioned the drink as the quintessential Italian aperitif, especially for “aperitivo” hour, Italy’s version of happy hour.

A side shot of an Aperol Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a wooden coaster with some orange pieces around placed on a beige table.

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Aperol Spritz?
An Aperol Spritz typically contains around 160 calories per serving. This count can vary slightly based on the specific proportions and brands of ingredients used.
What is the alcohol content (ABV and proof) of an Aperol Spritz?
The alcohol by volume (ABV)  is about 11%, which translates to 22 proof. This calculation assumes a standard recipe with Prosecco and Aperol.
What kind of alcohol is in an Aperol Spritz?
It features two main alcoholic ingredients: Aperol, a bittersweet Italian aperitif, and Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine.
In which glass do you serve an Aperol Spritz?
You typically serve the cocktail in a wine glass, often a large, stemmed one, to accommodate the drink and its ice.
What does an Aperol Spritz taste like?
An Aperol Spritz tastes refreshingly bittersweet with hints of orange and herbs. Its flavor profile combines the sweet notes of Prosecco with the distinctive, slightly bitter taste of Aperol.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Aperol Spritz?
The classic ratio for an Aperol Spritz is 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda water. This blend ensures a balanced, refreshing taste.
How do you serve an Aperol Spritz in terms of ice and presentation?
Serve an Aperol Spritz over ice, usually filled to the top of the glass. This keeps the drink chilled and enhances its refreshing quality.

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