Easy and refreshing, the Aperol Spritz is a drink you will want to try. It is the signature drink of Aperol, a bittersweet orange-flavored aperitif made in Italy using a secret blend of herbs and roots. The liqueur was developed in 1912 and this cocktail came about in the 1950s. The brilliant orange drink has been a favorite dinner party aperitif ever since and pairs perfectly with whatever food is on the table.
Sometimes called the "Aperol Spritz ritual," there's a certain order to the pour with this recipe. The ice goes in first, then the Prosecco (a sparkling Italian wine) followed Aperol, then a splash of soda. The drink is typically left unstirred, relying on the bubbles of the wine and soda to do the mixing.
Gather the ingredients.
Add ice and an orange slice to a tall glass.
Pour in the Prosecco, then Aperol.
Add a splash of soda.
Serve and enjoy!
- When you add the orange slice is up to you. It's really nice when integrated into the ice (like in this recipe), though Aperol suggests adding it as a garnish once the drink is made.
- Your glass may hold more than 5 ounces of liquid even when it's filled with ice. Pour this drink as tall as you like or to fill your glass. Just remember to pour equal parts of Aperol and Prosecco if you want to keep it authentic (some people prefer 1 part Aperol to 2 parts Prosecco).
- It can also be made in any style of glass. The bright orange color makes a great looking "martini" in a cocktail glass and it's commonly served in stemmed glassware (e.g., white wine glass) as well. For a shorter drink on the rocks, pick up your favorite old-fashioned glass.
- Though Prosecco is the wine of choice (likely because of its shared Italian roots), any sparkling wine will work just fine.
- It's not traditional, but a shot of top-shelf vodka (particularly citrus vodka) would be a nice addition to this drink.
- If you enjoy the Aperol Spritz and the occasional spicy cocktail, you might also like the spicy paloma. The recipe infuses Aperol with Thai chile pepper (an infusion that could be used in the spritz, too) then mixes that with tequila, grapefruit, and tops it with club soda (add Prosecco if you like). It's a very lively drink that will wake up your taste buds.
How Strong Is an Aperol Spritz?
Aperol is bottled at 11 percent ABV (22 proof), so it's the same strength as the average Prosecco. When the two come together in the Aperol Spritz, the drink's a very pleasant 9 percent ABV (18 proof).