Aperol Spritz

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Planning a gathering of friends? Add in a refreshing light sparkling taste of an Aperol Spritz Cocktail to your menu!

Deliciously flavorful, sweet and with a hint of bitterness, this pretty cocktail is an Italian favorite.

An Aperol Spritz garnished with an orange slice.

This thirst-quenching aperitif is one of the best refreshments for summer celebrations or Sunday brunches.

What is Aperol Spritz?

This tasty aperitif has Italian origins. Containing just three ingredients, Aperol liquor, Prosecco sparkling wine, and seltzer water.

The drink’s distinctive flavor and bright coral hue comes from Aperol, a pleasantly bitter, low-alcohol Italian spirit, made from a variety of herbs. These include rhubarb and cinchona, the same herb that gives tonic water it’s thirst-quenching edge. Some people compare Aperol to Campari.

Aperol Spritz ingredients with orange slices on the side.

What Glasses to Use

Aperol spritz is best served in long-stemmed jumbo wine glasses to hold lots of ice cubes. This effervescent beverage looks especially pretty in bubble glasses. Or, you can serve it in highball glasses in a pinch. Add in an organe slice for garnish.

The Best Prosecco for Aperol Spritz

Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, will give Aperol spritz an extra bubbly lift. It comes in a variety of sweetness levels, so the best one to select depends on you or your guests’ tastes.

Demi-sec is the sweetest, and will nicely balance the natural bitterness of Aperol. But if it isn’t to your taste either dry, extra dry, or brut Prosecco might be better options. Champagne or other sparkling wine can serve as substitutes for the Prosecco.

Prosecco being poured into an Aperol Spritz.

How to Make Aperol Spritz

Mixing Aperol spritz in the glass is so easy. Here’s all you do!

  1. Fill long-stemmed glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.

Serve ice cold with your choice of garnish!

The Best Garnishes

With a drink this pretty you can easily skip the garnish, but where is the fun in that!

  • Orange slices make a pretty presentation in this coral-colored drink.
  • Use lemon and lime slices or a citrus twist like in a French 75!

An alternative version, perfect for sweltering summer days, is a frozen Aperol spritz. For this version, leave out the sparkling ingredients and simple blend ice and Aperol into a slushy, cooling refreshment. Fill a glass and top with a persecco floater.

Aperol spritz adds a little sunshine and sparkle to any celebration!

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Aperol Spritz

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
This sweet and delicious beverage is made with just 3 ingredients!


  • 5 oz prosecco
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 2 oz club soda
  • ice
  • orange slices for garnish

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  • Fill a wine glass with ice.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Garnish with orange wedges.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 163, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 125mg, Sugar: 16g, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
Keyword Aperol spritz
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An Aperol Spritz with an orange slice in it.
Aperol Spritz with orange slice around it.

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