Aperol Spritz Full Guide 2023

Aperol Spritz Full Guide 2023

Aperol Spritz,The ultra-refreshing, subtly sweet, effervescent beverages known as aperol spritzes. A true Aperol spritz looks like a brilliant orange sunset and tastes like Italian summertime. And later, with a view of the Italian Riviera, I'll happily enjoy one on our front porch while staring out at our overgrown front yard.

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Since the New York Times boldly announced that "The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Nice Drink," the aperitif has been in the news a lot lately. The "Entire Internet Agrees Aperol Spritz Is, in Fact, Excellent," responded Grub Street.

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The Aperol spritz is quite excellent in my opinion. Although it is assumed that you have tried an aperol spritz in both articles, what if you haven't? I propose that this weekend, let's all make some and make our own decisions.

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Aperol Spritz Ingredients

These cocktails require four basic ingredients, plus ice. 

1) Aperol

Here, only Aperol will do. Bright orange aperitif known as aperol. "Zesty orange with deep herbal smells balanced with a hint of vanilla," according to the manufacturer, best describes the flavors. At the liquor store, look for Aperol near the liqueurs or amaros.

2) Prosecco

Italian Prosecco is a reasonably priced sparkling wine, akin to French Champagne or Spanish Cava. In order to avoid your cocktail tasting overly sweet or syrupy, I advise selecting a dry (brut) Prosecco. Decent options cost between $12 and $18.

3) Club soda

in order to add some fizz. Any sparkling water without flavors will do. For this, I keep cans of sparkling water in my pantry.

4) Slice of fresh orange

An orange slice is a traditional garnish for an Aperol spritz, but you can omit it if you don't have one.

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How to Make an Aperol Spritz

The preparation of aperol spritz cocktails is quite simple. No costly equipment, such as a cocktail shaker, is needed!
Simply put, you'll put ice in a wine glass, then add Aperol, Prosecco, club soda, and an orange slice.


How to Adjust Your Aperol Spritz

The standard mixture calls for mixing equal parts Prosecco and Aperol with a dash of club soda. To make sure your Aperol spritz tastes just the way you like it, experiment with the ratio. In my version, Prosecco is preferred over Aperol little more.

Make it less bitter

You can lessen the sharpness by using less Aperol and more Prosecco because the bitter notes of Aperol can take some getting used to.

Make it less boozy

Your Aperol spritz has an alcohol concentration of about 11% by volume as written (Aperol is 11% ABV and Prosecco is 12%). Use proportionately more club soda and less Aperol and Prosecco to make it even less alcoholic.

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What to Serve with Your Aperol Spritz

The aperitif aperol spritz is frequently offered. Apéritifs are intended to be consumed prior to a meal in order to pique appetite. Typically, they are less sweet and moderately alcoholic.
Pair your Aperol spritzes with appetizers that have an Italian or broader Mediterranean taste.
Remember that aperol tends to be bitter. Bitter flavors are softened by meals that are salty, creamy/fatty, and sweet.

Here are some simple options that pair well:

  • Olives, whole or torn, with celery, almonds, and parmesan
  • Burrata, fresh mozzarella, or goat cheese served with crusty bread and sometimes some olive oil or jelly
  • Grapes, oranges, and strawberries are examples of recent fruit.
  • Olive oil-drizzled popcorn with caprese skewers or Mediterranean Tomato & Feta Dip (why not?)

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Comment below and let me know how you like your Aperol spritzes! I truly appreciate your feedback, and I hope you make these effervescent cocktails your go-to summer patio beverage.

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Classic Aperol Spritz

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Italian

Learn how to make a classic Aperol spritz! These bubbly Italian cocktails are refreshing and so easy to make. Aperol spritzes are best made one by one, so the recipe is written to yield one cocktail and you can make more as necessary. Cheers!


Per cocktail

  • Ice
  • 3 ounces (1 part) Aperol
  • 3 ounces (1 part) dry Prosecco
  • 1 ounce (a splash) club soda or unflavored sparkling water
  • Orange slice, for garnish


  1. Add ice to a wine glass until it is nearly full. Pour in the Aperol (I usually eyeball this and pour until I’ve filled about one-third of the glass).
  2. Pour in an equal amount of Prosecco. Top your drink off with a splash of club soda and add a slice of orange. Enjoy!


MAKE IT LESS BITTER: Use less Aperol and more Prosecco.

MAKE IT LESS BOOZY: Use more club soda, and less Aperol and Prosecco.