Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail

This Classic Aperol Spritz recipe makes a refreshing cocktail with Aperol and Prosecco, plus a splash of seltzer and fresh orange garnish!

How much do we love champagne cocktails? Like, a LOT. Check out our Island Champagne Cocktail which is perfect for brunch or happy hour, or these fun Champagne Moscow Mules!

An Perol Spritz Cocktail on a dark background

What Is An Aperol Spritz?

An Aperol Sptriz is an Italian aperitif cocktail, which means that it’s usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Aperitif cocktails are usually dry instead of a sweeter drink that could fill you up.

Aperol is an Italian, bitter liquor that is made from rhubarb, gentian (a flowering plant) and cinchona (a flowering plant). Theses main ingredients are primarily bitter, which is used to stimulate the appetite. Aperol’s bitter flavor pairs perfectly with champagne or prosecco and fresh orange flavors.

These drinks are very popular in Northern Italy but they have become wildly popular in the United States as well. The fun and bright orange color makes this drink perfect for outdoor, warm weather celebrations.

A champagne cocktail made with Aperol and fresh orange

How Do You Say Aperol Spritz?

So I was as confused as the next person when we first started digging into this drink. Aperol is pronounced /AH-peh-rawl/ and Spritz is pronounced /sprits/. Honestly, I had to look this up because I had to go buy this stuff and I didn’t want to go into my liquor store and pronounce it wrong looking like a rookie.

So now when you go to find Aperol, and I guarantee you’ll need to get a bottle after trying this refreshing cocktail recipe, you can look and talk like a pro.

Aperol Spritz Ingredients

There are only 3 ingredients in this easy cocktail, so you have to make sure they’re all the best they can be!

Aperol: As we described before, Aperol is a bitter orange flavored liquor made from rhunarb, herbs and flowers. If you like Campari, Aperol is less bitter than that so you’ll definitely be a fan.

Champagne or Prosecco: I have to admit, we buy more champagne than prosecco these days. But prosecco is really the classic ingredient for this cocktail so don’t blow the budget when you’re mixing drinks. What you want to make sure of is that you like to drink the brand of champagne or prosecco on its own. Don’t buy something that you don’t like and then try and “hide” it in a cocktail by mixing it with other ingredients.

Soda Water: Soda water or plain seltzer tops of this drink just to give it some more bubbles without adding to much sweetness from the prosecco. Remember that this drink is an aperitif, so we want it more on the dry side than the sweet side.

How To Make A Classic Aperol Spritz

Let’s get into making this refreshing cocktail! This drink is made in a 3-2-1 ratio. 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part soda water.

First add ice to a glass, a couple of orange slices and then the Aperol.

Aperol in a wine glass with ice and oranges

Next you pour in the prosecco, slowly so the bubbles don’t fizz over the top of the glass. You wouldn’t want to waste any – trust me.

Prosecco being poured into a glass with Aperol

Top it off with seltzer or soda water and serve!

How To Serve An Aperol Spritz

Typically, an Aperol Spritz is served in a wine glass with a fresh orange garnish. Of course there are lots of variations to this recipe, some adding fresh herbs like basil or rosemary. We like to stick with the classic version here, and then once we’ve nailed that we can spin it out into other versions.

Aperol Spritz cocktail with an orange twist for garnish

Making tasty appetizers to serve with these drinks is a fun way to do happy hour or even a date night at home! We’re usually pouring ourselves a glass of wine, champagne or beer around 5:00. But making a drink like this Aperol Spritz can make things a little more special.

Feed the kids and then make a couple of these appetizers and go sit out on the deck if it’s nice, or by your pool if you’re luck enough to have one. Enjoy a couple of drinks with your apps and there’s really no dinner needed.

We used to do this a lot when our kids were smaller and we didn’t want to pay babysitters to go out for the night. You can still have an affordable, fun night just by making a few homemade recipes and setting aside some time to hang out like you used to do…you know before the kids came into the picture;)

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Perol Spritz Cocktail collage for Pinterest

What Goes Well With An Aperol Spritz?

Now here is where the fun begins! You’re going to want to serve something light with these drinks, but that doesn’t mean a veggie platter. This bitter drink recipe can stand up to hearty flavors with lots of fat. Sort of our expertise…so when we say light we just mean not a TON of food. Little bites of super flavorful appetizers will work perfectly.

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A champagne cocktail made with Aperol and fresh orange

Aperol Spritz

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

This refreshing champagne cocktail recipe is perfect for happy hours or date nights at home!

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces prosecco (or champagne, whichever brand you like drinking)
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • Soda water or seltzer for topping
  • Orange slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a wine glass, then pour in the Aperol.
  2. Top with prosecco and seltzer, then garnish with orange slices. Stir gently and serve.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cocktail recipe, drink recipe, champagne cocktails, aperol spritz recipe, happy hour, date night idea, what is aperol spritz

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