Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Aperol Spritz Nutrition Facts






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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Aperol Spritz, also known as Spritz Veneziano, is a popular Italian aperitif cocktail that originated in Venice, Italy. It is said to have been created in the early 20th century when the Austro-Hungarian soldiers, who were occupying Venice, would dilute the local wines with water to make them more palatable. The modern version of the Aperol Spritz was popularized in the 1950s by the Barbieri brothers, who created the Aperol liqueur. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for warm summer days and is enjoyed by people all around the world.

How Aperol Spritz Tastes?

The Aperol Spritz has a refreshing, bittersweet taste with a hint of citrus. It is light, effervescent, and slightly herbal, making it a perfect balance of sweet and bitter flavors.

Interesting facts about Aperol Spritz

  • The Aperol Spritz is often served as an aperitif, which is a drink meant to stimulate the appetite before a meal.
  • Aperol, the key ingredient in this cocktail, is an Italian liqueur made from a blend of herbs, roots, and bitter orange.
  • The Aperol Spritz is traditionally served in a wine glass, but can also be served in a rocks glass or highball glass.


Recipe. How to make Aperol Spritz Drink

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of Aperol to the glass.
  3. Pour 3 oz of Prosecco into the glass.
  4. Top with 1 oz of club soda.
  5. Gently stir the ingredients together.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh ice. It will make your cocktail colder and more refreshing.
  • Don't rush. Take your time to gently stir the ingredients together. It will help to mix the flavors.
  • Use a fresh orange slice. It will add a nice citrusy aroma to your cocktail.

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What you could change in Aperol Spritz

  • Aperol: You can replace it with Campari. It will make your cocktail more bitter.
  • Prosecco: You can use any other sparkling wine.
  • Club Soda: You can use mineral water or tonic water.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Aperol Spritz

What is the origin of the term 'aperitif'?

The term 'aperitif' comes from the Latin word 'aperire' which means 'to open'. It is called so because it is believed to open or stimulate the appetite before a meal.

What's the difference between Aperol and Campari?

While both Aperol and Campari are Italian bitters, they have quite distinct tastes. Campari has a much stronger and more bitter taste than Aperol. On the other hand, Aperol has a lighter, more subtle flavor, slightly sweeter and has a lower alcohol content than Campari.

Can I substitute white wine for Prosecco in the Aperol Spritz?

It's recommended to use Prosecco or another sparkling wine for the Aperol Spritz to maintain its characteristic fizz. If you use a still white wine, the cocktail will lose its effervescence.

What kind of glassware is suitable to serve cocktails other than a wine glass, rocks glass, or highball glass?

Depending on the cocktail, different glasses like the Coupe glass, Martini glass, Hurricane glass, Margarita glass, or even the Nick & Nora glass can be used.

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Extra information to help you make Aperol Spritz

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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