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The classic Aperol Spritz is a refreshing aperitif cocktail that combines bright orange Aperol liqueur and dry sparkling wine.

3 Aperol Spritz cocktails ona. metal tray.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Aperol Spritz Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Aperol Spritz.

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Ingredient notes

  • Aperol: A bright orange, bitter Italian liqueur with a low (11%) alcohol content with notes of orange peel and herbs.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Fill a chilled wine glass halfway with ice. Add sparkling wine and Aperol.
Someone pouring aperol into a glass to make an aperol spritz.
  1. Top with soda water. Using a bar spoon, gently pull up and stir wine mixture to top to combine. Top with additional ice and garnish with orange peel or two green olives.
Someone stirring in a glass to make an aperol spritz.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: The Aperol Spritz is traditionally made in a stemmed wine glass. For a more modern look, choose an angled wine glass.
  • Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 24 ounces (3 cups) Prosecco, 16 ounces (2 cups) Aperol, and 8 ounces (1 cup) soda water in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  • Spritz Veneziano: A group of wine-based aperitif cocktails made with prosecco, digestive bitters, and soda water, of which the Aperol Spritz is one. Other Spritz Veneziano cocktails feature Campari or Select liqueurs.
3 Aperol Spritz cocktails ona. metal tray.

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Three Aperol Spritz cocktails.

Aperol Spritz

The classic Aperol Spritz is a refreshing aperitif cocktail that combines bright orange Aperol liqueur and dry sparkling wine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Calories 175

Ingredients 

  • 3 ounces dry sparkling wine such as Cava or Prosecco (¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 ounces Aperol (¼ cup, see note 1)
  • 1 ounce soda water or club soda (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 strip orange peel or two green olives, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Fill a chilled wine glass halfway with ice. Add sparkling wine and Aperol.
  • Top with seltzer water. Using a bar spoon, gently pull up and stir wine mixture to top to combine. Top with additional ice and garnish with orange peel or two green olives.

Notes

  1. Aperol: A bright orange, bitter Italian liqueur with a low (11%) alcohol content with notes of orange peel and herbs.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  3. Glassware: The Aperol Spritz is traditionally made in a stemmed wine glass. For a more modern look, choose an angled wine glass.
  4. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 24 ounces (3 cups) Prosecco, 16 ounces (2 cups) Aperol, and 8 ounces (1 cup) soda water in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  5. Spritz Veneziano: A group of wine-based aperitif cocktails made with prosecco, digestive bitters, and soda water, of which the Aperol Spritz is one. Other Spritz Veneziano cocktails feature Campari or Select liqueurs.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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