How to Make an Aperol Spritz – A Classic Summertime Recipe

The dog days of summer are here and we all need some cooling off. One of my favorite recipes for cooling down is to mix up a classic Aperol Spritz.

Aperol is a bright orange Italian aperitif with a distinctive bittersweet flavor, giving the Spritz its signature summertime taste. Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Italy, known for its light and effervescent qualities, which perfectly complement the Aperol. Together with a splash of soda water, the drink is light, refreshing and a perfect summer treat. Keep reading for the recipe.

Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe


  • 3 oz Aperol (Italian Liquor aperitif)
  • 3 oz Prosecco (or any sparkling wine)
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Orange slice (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes
  • Large wine glass


  1. Fill the glass with ice: Start by filling a large wine glass or a Spritz glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add Aperol: Pour Aperol into the glass.
  3. Pour Prosecco: Next, add Prosecco to the glass.
  4. Add soda water: To give the Spritz a gentle fizz, pour 1 ounce of soda water into the glass.
  5. Stir gently: Take a bar spoon or a long stirring stick and gently stir the ingredients together. This will ensure that the flavors mix evenly.
  6. Garnish: Add an orange slice as a garnish to enhance the drink’s citrus notes and give it a vibrant pop of color.
  7. Serve and enjoy: Your Aperol Spritz is now ready to be enjoyed! Sip slowly and savor the bittersweet and effervescent flavors of this classic Italian aperitif.

Note: Aperol Spritz is typically served with a lower alcohol content, making it a perfect choice for a light and refreshing pre-dinner drink. Feel free to adjust the quantities to suit your taste preferences, but the classic recipe outlined above is the traditional version. Cheers!

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