How to Make an Aperol Spritz
The Aperol Spritz requires no special bartending tools since it’s built in the glass. A perfect Aperol Spritz is a simple 3-2-1 ratio: three parts prosecco to two parts Aperol and one splash of club soda. To make an Aperol Spritz cocktail, you need:
- Aperol: Aperol is an Italian apéritif made with rhubarb that is bright orange in color and citrusy-sweet in flavor. Aperol is similar to another Italian bitter digestif, Campari, but Aperol is sweeter and less alcoholic. For a less sweet Spritz, use only enough Aperol to color the drink.
- Sparkling wine: Dry prosecco is traditional, but work with what you’ve got. Cava and Brut will work as substitute; some bars in Italy simply use white wine. Learn about prosecco in our overview here.
- Club soda: A splash of soda water finishes off the cocktail, keeps the alcohol content down, and provides some extra bubbles.
- Garnishes: Under the porticos of Padua, the Aperol Spritz is garnished with an orange slice, while a green olive is more common for a Spritz served along the canals of Venice.
- Ice: Use large ice cubes, not crushed ice.
Classic Aperol Spritz Recipe
Prep Time3 min
Total Time3 min
- 3 ounces Prosecco or other sparkling wine
- 2 ounces Aperol
- Splash of club soda
- Orange slice, for garnish
- Fill a large wine glass or highball glass halfway with ice.
- Add sparkling wine, Aperol, club soda, and stir to combine.
- Garnish with a slice of orange.
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