Aperol Spritz Cocktail

June 6, 2018 (Last Updated: August 9, 2020) by Emily

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An Aperol Spritz Cocktail made with only 3 simple ingredients, it’s the only cocktail you’ll need this summer. Serve this with an antipasto platter for a true Italian aperitivo!

Say hello to your new fave…

A wine glass filled with and Aperol spritz cocktail with a black background and chopped strawberries scattered around

Aperol Spritz aka my signature drink. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said I basically lived off this every summer. If you’ve ever been on holiday in Italy and wondered what the bright orange stuff everyone was drinking was…well it’s THIS RIGHT HERE.

In fact when in Italy you simply just have to ask for a Spritz and they’ll bring you this.

So What Is Aperol Exactly?

Aperol is an aperitif made from a mix of bitter and sweet oranges, herbs and roots and before you say blaaa I can’t stand bitter stuff, you NEED to try this! I’ve never been a fan of over the top bitter flavours but I find that Aperol is the perfect balance of savoury and sweet especially when it’s mixed with Italian bubbles!

What’s In An Aperol Spritz Cocktail?

There are 3 main ingredients in this Italian cocktail; Aperol, Prosecco (ooh it just got really interesting) and soda. You also need plenty of ice and sliced oranges for garnish to make it extra special.

It’s made from 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts Prosecco and a splash of soda. Make sure you half fill your glass with ice first and then get pouring, you can’t go wrong. Make sure to stir it before serving and then add orange slices.

Process shots for making an Aperol spritz cocktail

How NOT To Make An Aperol Spritz 

Do not sub Prosecco for white wine…just noo. I’ve been disappointed a few times when some cheeky bartender has maybe ran out of prosecco (how is that even possible in Italy?) and sneakily used white wine instead.

Face. Not. Happy.

Food To Go With Your Cocktail;

A close up of an Aperol spritz cocktail in a glass with strawberries and slices of orange at the side

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Aperol Spritz Cocktail

An Aperol Spritz Cocktail made with only 3 simple ingredients, it's the only cocktail you'll need this summer. Serve this with an antipasto platter for a true Italian aperitivo!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 150kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • 2 parts (60ml/2 fl oz) Aperol
  • 3 parts (90ml/3 fl oz) Prosecco , chilled
  • 1 splash soda , chilled
  • ice
  • 1 slice orange


  • Fill a wine glass half way with ice and add the Aperol followed by the prosecco and finally a splash of soda water.
  • Stir and add a slice of orange, enjoy!



  • Make sure the soda water and Prosecco are chilled before serving
  • If you don't have Prosecco try Cava or another white sparkling wine. Don't use white wine without bubbles.
  • A splash of tonic water instead of soda is also nice and adds a little extra bitter flavour.
  • As well as slices of orange I also like to add chopped strawberries to mine when I have them.
  • Make sure to have ice on hand, this cocktail is best served chilled.
Nutrition Facts
Aperol Spritz Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  • Reply
    June 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    What a beautiful drink you have created!! Definitely gonna check out Aperol and will give this drink a try 🙂 cheers🍹

  • Reply
    June 7, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    What a beautiful and elegant cocktail! I’ve never tried Aperol before! Guess that should change!! Sounds amazing!!5 stars

  • Reply
    Kate | The Veg Space
    June 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Ooh I LOVE Aperol Spritz – the freshest summer cocktail for drinking outside on long summer evenings. Gorgeous photos!5 stars

  • Reply
    June 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try an Aperol Spritz for years! Making it happen this weekend for sure. I love a simple classic summer drink and I actually like a more bitter drink as opposed to a too-sweet drink, so this really inspires me!5 stars

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    Shashi at SavorySpin
    June 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a Aperol before – this one you have looks GORGEOUS, so moody! And – it sounds absolutely delicious!5 stars

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