Aperol Spritz

Meet my favorite drink of summer: the Aperol Spritz. This classic Italian cocktail was one that we grew to love in Italy and we brought this aperol spritz recipe right home with us when we returned! It’s light, refreshing, and packed with perfect citrus flavor. This is an easy cocktail to throw together that everyone will enjoy!

Full glass of my Aperol Spritz recipe

Super Easy Aperol Spritz Recipe

When we were in Italy, we discovered the Aperol Spritz. I know, it’s not new, but it was to us at the time, and it has since become our staple cocktail. It’s light, refreshing, and the best non-recipe recipe you can make! In Italy, an Aperol Spritz is an “apertivo” — which is essentially a 2 hour post-work cocktail hour with light dishes. One dinner we continued to ordered them, instead of switching to wine, and let’s just say we got many looks, haha.

Sipping on aperol spritz cocktail in italy

Clearly, we enjoyed them all trip long!

First… What is Aperol?

Aperol is an orange flavored Italian Apertif with a mix of sweetness, bitterness & spices. It’s similar to Campari but slightly different as it’s less bitter and half the alcohol content. In addition, it’s also inexpensive which makes it a great cocktail to serve a large group!

An Aperol Spritz is made with:

  • Aperol
  • Chilled Prosecco
  • Soda Water or Tonic Water
  • Fresh Orange Slices, for garnish
  • Ice

Generally, an Aperol Spritz is a 3-2-1 mix of three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one splash of soda water. However I prefer making it with a slight change: I ditch the soda water! First, fill up your glass with prosecco. Then add a splash of Aperol. Finally,  garnish with an orange slice and enjoy! It’s that easy! I love serving guests Aperol Spritz’, because it’s hands off and makes my time hosting less stressful!

Full glass of aperol spritz cocktail

Cheers, friends!

Want other easy cocktail recipes? Try these favorites:

Aperol Spritz

Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:05 Yields 1

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Prosecco
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • Fresh orange slices, for garnish
  • Optional: soda water or tonic water 
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Fill a glass halfway with ice.
  2. Add prosecco.
  3. Add the aprol and optional soda water.
  4. Stir  to combine.
  5. Garnish with a slice of orange.
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