Aperol Spritz

Aperol spritz cocktail in wine glass with orange and white straw

Learn how to make the perfect Aperol Spritz cocktail with just three ingredients – Prosecco, aperol and soda water. This low-alcohol cocktaill (or aperitivo) is perfect for happy hour. 

The Aperol Spritz is a popular cocktail in Northern Italy. It’s also known as an apertivo and is traditionally enjoyed before dinner. It’s a low-alcohol cocktail which makes it perfect for leisurely afternoons on the patio.

I’ve seen the Aperol Spritz garnished with a slice of orange and a green olive, but for my at-home version, I simply garnished with an orange wedge.

You can serve your cocktails up in wine glasses or rocks glasses, just make sure you have plenty of ice!

Need some inspiration for setting the perfect scene? Invite some friends over, welcome them with a big tray of these delicious cocktails, and host an at-home pizza party. Easiest entertaining ever…

What is aperol?

  • Bright orange in color, aperol has notes of both bitter and sweet oranges and many other herbs, including rhubarb. Aperol is light and refreshing, and low in alcohol (11%).

Aperol spritz in a wine glass next to bowl of orange slices.

How do you make an aperol spritz?

You only need three ingredients to make the perfect aperol spritz:

  1. Prosecco – No need for expensive French Champagne here! Go for Prosecco – An Italian sparking wine that’s light, bubbly and festive!
  2. Aperol – Find it in the liquor store.
  3. Soda Water

Fill a glass with ice, add the aperol, prosecco and top off with the soda water. Garnish with an orange if desired, and you’re good to go.

Saluté!

Aperol spritz cocktail in wine glass with orange and white straw

Aperol Spritz

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: aperol spritz, applejack cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 117 kcal
Author: Erin

Learn how to make the perfect Aperol Spritz cocktail with just three ingredients - Prosecco, aperol and soda water. This low-alcohol cocktaill (or aperitivo) is perfect for happy hour. 

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Prosecco or any sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • Splash of soda water sparkling water, or club soda
  • Garnish of orange

Instructions

  1. Pour the sparkling wine into a glass of ice cubes. Add the Aperol and a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Aperol Spritz
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 74mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Overhead shot of aperol spritz cocktail.

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8 comments

  1. Kristina

    one of my favorite flavors for a cocktail, and any cocktail that includes bubbles is good with me – cheers!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Me too Kristina – I’m a total bubblehead!

      Reply

  2. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    One of my favorite drinks! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

    Reply

  3. Hawnuh Lee

    This looks so dang refreshing! And I had no idea an aperol spritz is only 3 ingredients! Need to try this asap 😀

    Reply

  4. Hillary @ Crumb Kisses

    An aperol spritz has become my new go-to when I want something light and refreshing! I need to buy a bottle of aperol to make these easy cocktails at home as well!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yes! They are so easy to make at home… The last time I went to the liquor store here in Portland, they didn’t have Aperol. They said there was a “shortage”… I hope I can find it again soon!

      Reply

  5. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I like a good low-alcohol cocktail in part because I have a pretty low tolerance these days—and since I work out super early in the morning, I just can’t handle hangovers!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Good for you for getting your workout done first thing in the morning Catherine! I am trying to get better at doing that!

      Reply

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