- 2 ounces Aperol
- 3 ounces prosecco
- Club soda
- Orange wedge for garnish
- In a wine glass with ice, stir together the Aperol and prosecco.
- Top off with club soda. Drop in an orange wedge for garnish.
As a simple 3-ingredient drink, there are plenty of directions you could take the Aperol spritz.
- Some people find 2 ounces of Aperol too bitter. You can dial this back a little by reducing Aperol to 1 ounce and increasing prosecco to 4 ounces.
- Top off with a splash of ginger beer instead of club soda.
- Replace the prosecco with fizzy moscato d'Asti for a sweeter cocktail.
- Replace the Aperol with Campari for a slightly more bitter edge.
A simple orange wedge or peel is the perfect, fresh garnish for this drink; drop it right in the glass for a pop of color and complementary flavor.
About the Aperol Spritz
Aperol is an Italian apéritif (aperitivo in Italian) made from gentian, rhubarb, and other ingredients. It has a light bitter edge with a hint of orange, although it is much milder than the comparable apéritif Campari. The vibrant orange hue makes the Aperol spritz look like a sunset in your glass.
Another name for the Aperol spritz is the spritz Veneziano. The drink is deliberately bitter, as it is an aperitivo, a pre-meal drink with bitter components meant to awaken your tastebuds. It has been growing in popularity in North America over the past few years, especially as a trendy summer sipper.
Enjoy a Spritz Veneziano
For some, the bitterness of the Aperol spritz is an acquired taste. Others take to it like a duck to water. This delicious drink is refreshing with interesting flavors that wake up your palate.