San Pellegrino Spritz Cocktail Recipe

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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.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The San Pellegrino Spritz is a refreshing cocktail that takes its name from the famous Italian mineral water brand. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a light, bubbly drink with a hint of citrus. It's a popular choice during the summer months and is often enjoyed at outdoor gatherings or poolside parties.

How San Pellegrino Spritz Tastes?

The San Pellegrino Spritz is a light, refreshing cocktail with a bubbly texture. It has a sweet and sour taste, with a hint of citrus and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Interesting facts about San Pellegrino Spritz

  • The San Pellegrino Spritz is named after the famous Italian mineral water brand.
  • It's a popular choice during the summer months.
  • The cocktail is often enjoyed at outdoor gatherings or poolside parties.


  • San pellegrino sparkling water: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Prosecco: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Aperol: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Orange slice: 1
  • Garnish with an orange slice:

San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

Used for its fine bubbles and neutral taste, this sparkling water balances the stronger flavors of Aperol and Prosecco, adding a refreshing fizziness to the cocktail. Without it, you'd lose the 'Spritz' in your spritz! As an alternative, you could use another sparkling mineral water, just make sure it's as carbonated to keep that signature fizz.

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Prosecco adds the necessary wine body and a fruity backdrop to our spritz. It's not as overpowering as other wines might be, providing just the right alcohol content without stealing the show. If you take away the Prosecco... well, it wouldn't really be a spritz anymore. If you substitute with another sparkling wine like Cava or Champagne, expect a different taste - possibly drier or more yeast-driven.

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This vibrant orange liqueur brings a unique bitter-sweet profile and gives our cocktail its iconic color. Aperol is less alcoholic than other bitters, which makes it perfect for a spritz without making it too strong. Too much Aperol could overpower the drink, too little and you'll miss its famous flavor. Campari could be a bolder substitute with a similar color, but it comes with a heftier bitter punch.

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Orange Slice

The orange slice serves as both a visual treat and a subtle flavor enhancer. The citrus complements the Aperol's bitterness and adds a fresh note. Forget the orange, and you lose a touch of fruity elegance that completes the drink. No oranges? No problem. Try grapefruit for a tangier accent, or lemon for a sharper citrus zing.

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Garnish with an Orange Slice

A garnish is the cherry on top—or rather, the orange on the rim! It's a burst of color, a hint of flavor, and it says, 'Hey, I'm not just delicious, I also look fabulous.' So please, don't skip the garnish; it's that final flourish that shows you've made your spritz with love.

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Recipe. How to make San Pellegrino Spritz Drink

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice.
  2. Add the Aperol.
  3. Add the Prosecco.
  4. Top with San Pellegrino sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use a large wine glass to allow the flavors to mix well.
  • Make sure to chill your Prosecco and San Pellegrino before making the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: Light and crisp flavors complement seafood dishes, especially grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Appetizers: Olives, cheese boards, or prosciutto-wrapped melon balance well with the spritz’s bitterness.
  • Light Pasta Dishes: Pasta with a lemony or herby sauce pairs well without overwhelming the drink.
  • Snacks: Salted nuts or crunchy vegetable crudites are great for nibbling while sipping.

Drink Pairings

  • Mineral Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, more San Pellegrino on the side keeps the palate refreshed.
  • Negroni: For those wanting a boozier companion, a Negroni shares similar bitter notes.

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What you could change in San Pellegrino Spritz

If you don't have Aperol, you can substitute it with Campari. If you don't have Prosecco, you can use any other sparkling wine.

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Cucumber Pellegrino Spritz

  • Ingredients: 4 oz San Pellegrino, 2 oz Prosecco, 1 oz Aperol, 1 oz Cucumber juice, Cucumber slice for garnish
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but add 1 oz of fresh cucumber juice before the sparkling water.
  • Flavor: The cucumber adds a garden-fresh twist that turns the spritz into a more herbaceous affair. Perfect for those looking to add a refreshing spa-like quality to their aperitif.

Raspberry Spritz

  • Ingredients: 4 oz San Pellegrino, 2 oz Prosecco, 1 oz Aperol, Raspberry syrup, Fresh raspberries for garnish
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but add a teaspoon of raspberry syrup with the Aperol.
  • Flavor: This sweet twist will inject a fruity berry burst into the cocktail, making it a hit for those with a sweeter tooth. The red hues will deepen, signaling a drink that's as playful as it is sophisticated.

Spicy Spritz

  • Ingredients: 4 oz San Pellegrino, 2 oz Prosecco, 1 oz Jalapeño-infused Aperol, Jalapeño slice for garnish
  • Recipe: Infuse Aperol with thinly sliced jalapeños for at least an hour, then strain. Follow the original recipe using this spicy Aperol.
  • Flavor: For those who like it hot, this twist brings a fiery kick to the traditional spritz, creating a bold juxtaposition between the cocktail's sweetness and a sizzling sensation that's sure to awaken your taste buds.

In case you forgot basics how to make San Pellegrino Spritz

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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Frequently Asked Questions on San Pellegrino Spritz

Can I use regular water instead of San Pellegrino sparkling water?

Using regular water will significantly change the texture and taste of the cocktail, it is recommended to use sparkling water for an authentic San Pellegrino Spritz.

Is San Pellegrino Spritz a sweet cocktail?

San Pellegrino Spritz has a balance of sweetness and bitterness, with a hint of citrus, which makes it not overly sweet.

What type of glass is perfect for serving San Pellegrino Spritz?

While a wine glass is most commonly used for San Pellegrino Spritz, you can also use a cocktail highball glass or even a flute.

What food pairs well with a San Pellegrino Spritz?

The San Pellegrino Spritz pairs well with a wide range of foods; especially appetizers, seafood, and Mediterranean cuisines.

Can I make a San Pellegrino Spritz without alcohol?

Yes, you can skip the Prosecco and Aperol to create an alcohol-free version. You might need to add some fruit juices for flavour.

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