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Aperol Spritz recipe

Aperol Spritz recipe

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The classic Aperol® spritz is easy to make and a summer favourite. Use your favourite prosecco and garnish each glass with an orange slice.

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 4 ice cubes, or as desired
  • 60ml Prosecco
  • 1 splash sparkling water
  • 45ml Aperol®
  • 1 slice orange (optional)

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice cubes; pour in prosecco and sparkling water. Top cocktail with Aperol®. Garnish with orange slice.

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by sonjagroset

This is such a refreshing drink. Aperol isn't available everywhere, but is worth seeking out. It's a little bitter, but combined with the sweetness of the Prosecco, it makes the perfect, thirst-quenching cocktail.-18 Mar 2013

by ShanMacTell

I was introduced to this drink on my most recent cruise July 1st-15th and absolutely fell in love. I like that it isn't too sweet. It was light and refreshing and it's my go to drink now that I am back home!-20 Jul 2018

Aperol Spritz

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A homemade Aperol Spritz is right around the corner for you! Made with just three ingredients, throw this refreshing cocktail together whenever you’re craving something fresh and bubbly to sip.

When you need some refreshment sitting out in the beaming sun, or need to be reminded of warmth on a miserable day, Aperol spritz has come to the rescue! For those of us that aren’t into the incredibly alcohol-forward drinks made with strong liquor, this aperitif cocktail is perfect. Wince-free guarantee!

Has Italy ever done us wrong? From comfort foods like lasagna and chicken parm, to refreshing favorites like bruschetta and this Aperol spritz. I swear every Italian edible creation I’ve tried has been an absolute winner. The drinks are no exception!

Spritz Veneziano (a.k.a. the Aperol spritz recipe)

Originally known as the Spritz Veneziano, this drink has dominated patio table-tops for nearly a decade. Here’s the classic recipe, with a few explainers outlining the most common mis-steps and pitfalls:

  • 3 oz well-chilled Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore*
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz well-chilled soda water**
  • 1 orange half-wheel for garnish

Choose a small, white wine glass or a large rocks glass and partially fill with four or five ice cubes. Build by pouring in Aperol, prosecco and top with soda. Garnish with orange.

*It doesn’t have to be this brand. However, choosing the right prosecco is key. To that end, here are three things to keep in mind:

Frizzante versus Spumante: A lot of bubbly wine from Italy is made in the “frizzante” style, which means “gently fizzy.” If you want a robust, more champagne-like bubble (which is generally preferable for cocktails like the spritz), look for “spumante” on the label.

Superiore: If the label doesn’t specify “frizzante” or “spumante,” look for the word “superiore,” a category of Prosecco made in specific regions that’s always an extra-fizzy spumante.

Brut, Extra Dry, Dry and Demi-Sec: To speak in broad strokes, a lot of prosecco is a little on the sweet side. Choose “Brut” or “Extra Dry” for the Spritz, since Aperol contains a lot of sugar. It doesn’t take much to throw it off balance.

**Soda water is nearly always preferable to mineral water when it comes to cocktails. It’s all about the carbonation, which you want as much as possible of in a Spritz (and most cocktails), because the (slight) acidity of carbonated water helps balance out sweet flavours. SodaStream is kinda great, because you can control the strength of the bubbles, but basic Canada Dry and Schweppes (in cans) are perfectly fine. Two-litre bottles are a false economy—they go flat too quickly.

Both Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and Aperol are available in all provinces across Canada, either through private liquor stores or provincial monopolies.

How to make the perfect Aperol Spritz

From humble beginnings in little bars across Northern Italy, the Aperol Spritz ritual has spread across the continents , with people all around the globe connecting through their love of Italy’s number one cocktail.

Light, refreshing with a unique bittersweet taste, Aperol Spritz is the perfect drink to start the evening and n ow you can enjoy an Aperol Spritz anywhere in the world with our official recipe . S imply bring together the people you love and make sure you’ve got enough ice and orange slices!

To make the perfect Aperol Spritz at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Making the perfect Aperol Spritz is as easy as 3-2-1 – our official ratio is 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda. If you’re looking for precise measurements for your Aperol Spritz, that’s 75 mL prosecco, 50 mL Aperol, and 25 mL soda. Ready to get mixing? We’ve broken it down for you below!

Aperol Spritz

  1. Add cubed ice to a stemmed wine glass.
  2. Add Prosecco, Aperol and soda and gently stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with an orange half-wheel.

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Step 1

Starting at the top of the first grapefruit, use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to cut a spiral-shaped piece of peel, rotating grapefruit as you cut and stopping once you reach the middle. (This is your “horse’s neck” garnish.) Turn the grapefruit so that the unpeeled portion is at the top and repeat the process. Repeat with remaining grapefruit reserve flesh for another use.

Step 2

For each cocktail, place a horse’s neck spiral in a rocks glass or large wine glass. Fill with ice and add 4 oz. Prosecco, 1½ oz. grapefruit juice, ½ oz. Aperol, ½ oz. vodka, and a splash of club soda. Gently stir together.

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Aperol Spritz

The Spritz was born in Veneto during the 1800s when visitors from the Hapsburg Empire would lighten the strong Italian wine from local taverns with a splash of water. The recipe has evolved over time to become more than just wine and water, but rather wine, bitters, and water. Today, the classic Italian cocktail is enjoyed throughout Italy as an aperitivo – a social drink before dinner time often paired with light bites such as tiny sandwiches and olives. The most popular Spritz recipe is made with Aperol.

I love making this cocktail at home because it couldn’t be more simple. Here are the steps to make it:

  1. Add about 2 to 3 ounces of Aperol to a glass.
  2. And then, add a handful of ice. You want this drink to be COLD.
  3. Top it with a splash of sparkling water. I usually add an additional 2 ounces.
  4. And then, end it with a splash of sparkling wine. I like to use Prosecco. Garnish with green olives, if you like.

Add ice and an orange slice to a tall glass.

Pour in the prosecco, then Aperol.

Top off with a splash of soda.

What Kind of Alcohol Is Aperol?

Aperol is a unique distilled spirit that doesn't conveniently fit into a single category of liquor. The label calls it a liqueur, though it's not sweet like other orange liqueurs such as Cointreau and Grand Marnier. Instead, it follows the flavor profile of an apéritif—bitter, herbal, and dry. Adding to the confusion, the recipe for Aperol is a tightly guarded secret officially, it's an infusion of oranges and "selected herbs and roots." Sweet and bitter oranges and rhubarb are known ingredients, and it may include gentian and cinchona as well. Whatever goes into it, the orange-colored liqueur has a zesty, bittersweet orange taste with herbal and woody accents. It's comparable to Campari but distinctly different Aperol is citrus-forward, lighter in flavor, and not as bitter.

For the Best Aperol Spritz

  • Add the orange slice at any point. It's really nice when integrated into the ice as suggested in the recipe, or you can add it as a garnish at the end.
  • Due to its Italian roots, prosecco is the wine of choice for a true Aperol spritz, though any sparkling wine will work fine.
  • Pour this drink as tall as you like or to fill your glass. It can also be made in any style of glass and it's commonly served in stemmed glassware, such as a white wine glass. For a shorter drink, pick up your favorite old-fashioned glass.

Adjust the Ratios to Your Taste

  • Adjust the ratio of Aperol and prosecco to suit your taste. The recipe uses the popular 3:2:1 ratio, while some fans of the drink enjoy it with equal parts of liqueur and wine.
  • It's not traditional, but a shot of top-shelf vodka—particularly citrus vodka—is a nice addition to this drink.

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 alcohol content is around 8 percent ABV (16 proof). If you'd like to make it lighter, pour less Aperol and wine and make up the difference with soda.

When Was Aperol Created?

The Italian liqueur was developed by brothers Luigi and Silvio Barbieri after they inherited a liqueur company from their father in 1912. The story says that it took them seven years to perfect the recipe and Aperol was officially released in 1919. Over the next few decades, it gained popularity in Italy. Apéritivos are part of Italian dinner traditions and the brand became known for fashionable and eye-catching marketing campaigns with poster artwork that rivaled Campari's iconic advertisements. The Aperol spritz was created in the 1950s and saw a revival in the early 2000s as drinkers worldwide rediscovered its captivating taste. Appropriately, the Aperol brand is owned today by the Campari Group.

Booze + Soda + Bubbly Wine = All You Need for These 6 Spritz Recipes

There’s nothing wrong with an Aperol Spritz—like red nail polish, The Great Gatsby, or the early work of Britney J. Spears, it’s classic for a reason. And that reason is: It’s perfect. Prosecco, Aperol, club soda, an orange wedge. No night that began with an Aperol spritz has ever ended in murder and mayhem. I think. But, for the sake of moving time forward and having a bit of fun, we came up with six spritz recipes that follow the easy formula of:

base + bubbles + more bubbles + garnish

But instead of your usual Prosecco, club soda, etc, we’re playing with Amaro combined with the nose-hair-tingling bubbles of cherry soda and Lambrusco. There’s the crowd-pleaser Campari, sparkling rosé, and lemon soda. And the weird, slightly savory one you didn’t see coming but can’t stop sipping, Pimm’s and Cel-Ray soda (the test kitchen’s favorite). Cynar and grapefruit soda?! Don’t mind if I do. (The sweet-bitter combo is super refreshing after a long summer’s day of poolside napping.) The thing here is, you need to try all five to truly decide which spritz is right for you.