Well, we aren't going to be in Italy this summer, but you can bet we're bringing a slice of the Italian life state side! Everyone gets an Aperol Spritz!
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Why I Love This Recipe
If you've never had a Classic Aperol Spritz before, let me be the first to welcome you to what could be your new favorite light summer spritzy drink of choice. I say summer because it really has it's moment when you're walking around pretty much any Italian piazza and all the outdoor patios are bursting with humans, these gorgeous orange hued cocktails and laughter. But if we're being honest, I'll order one any time of the year!
My first Aperol Spritz came about a few years ago when we went to Italy for my birthday. Before then, didn't know what all the fuss was about, but after 1 sip, I was hooked. The recipe varies depending on who's behind the bar, but after countless evenings filled with a spritz or three, this is my spin! It's lighter on the Aperol that you'll find in Italy but just ever so slightly!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Aperol - can be found just about anywhere at your local market or liquor store.
- Prosecco – you'll want to get a dry prosecco which is an inexpensive Italian sparkling wine like Spanish Cava and great for making a spritz
- Club Soda – or sparkling water (while not authentic, we really love this with a plain Topo Chico)
- Garnishes – traditional garnishes are either a slice of orange, lemon, or my personal favorite - a castelvetrano olive or two!!
*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below
How to Make an Aperol Spritz
Add ice to a wine glass until it is nearly full. Pour in the Aperol followed by the prosecco and give it a quick stir.
Top your drink off with a splash of sparkling water and add a slice of orange.
Tips & Tricks
The only tips and tricks when it comes to making an Aperol Spritz are as follows:
- Use a large wine glass because you want a decent amount of ice
- Don't use the recipe on the back of the Aperol bottle as that has too much Aperol in the cocktail ratio in my opinion
- Throw a twist of orange into the glass for a garnish! It truly brightens the flavor up even more!
What kind of alcohol is Aperol?
Aperol is a bright orange apéritif. (which just means that it's usually an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite but I drink it throughout an entire meal and have never regretted it!)
What is Aperol Spritz supposed to taste like?
Aperol has a zesty orange flavor with hints of herbs and a touch of vanilla. It's hard to explain but trust me, it's good! Especially in a spritz!
More Summer Cocktails
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Classic Aperol Spritz
- crushed ice
- 2 ounces Aperol
- 3 ounces dry Prosecco
- 2 ounces sparkling water / soda water (while not authentic, we really love this with a plain Topo Chico)
- Orange for garnish
- Add ice to a wine glass until it is nearly full. Pour in the Aperol followed by the prosecco and give it a quick stir.
- Top your drink off with a splash of sparkling water and add a slice of orange.