Aperol Spritz

July 15, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

I like this in a very large wine glass, with lots of ice, on a hot day. Soda water is superfluous here. Wear sunscreen.

Marian Bull

Serves: 1


  • A few large cubes of ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Aperol
  • Prosecco (I usually grab a bottle between $10 and $15)
  • Orange wedge or twist, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Pour your Aperol over ice in a large wine glass, tumbler, or whatever vessel you like. (Mason jar? Sure.) Top with Prosecco, about 3 ounces, or until the mixture is a color that makes you happy.
  2. Garnish with orange, and serve. Be sure to have extra orange slices on hand -- you're going to want a second.

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Reviews (12) Questions (0)

12 Reviews

JohnZ May 15, 2015
Try substituting cappelletti for the aperol. Cappelletti is a bit more bitter than aperol, but we have come to prefer it.
monpeasch February 19, 2015
I also discovered this cocktail in Italy some years ago. I asked the waiter what the orange drink was everyone was having. He said Aperol Spritz. I loved it and lucky for me, I can easily find Aperol at the Virginia ABC stores. I also add a splash of sparkling mineral water.
cpc February 18, 2015
I first discovered this refreshing summer cocktail in northern Italy and quickly became a fan. Now, thanks to Aperol's advertising campaign, it's readily available in the states. It's the perfect cocktail for people who don't drink much, especially on a warm day.
Peri M. October 1, 2014
One of our favorite summer cocktails also. One addition is we add a half ounce of St. Germaine (elderberry liqueur) and use the sparkling water.
kimikoftokyo July 31, 2014
Can I use sparkling rose ?
Author Comment
Marian B. July 31, 2014
I've never tried that but my gut response is "sure why not!"
kimikoftokyo July 31, 2014
alright thats good enough for me ! lol may change the flavor though maybe a dryer rose
Carl July 29, 2014
Finding the Aperol in State Liquor stores can be a chore at times.
MrsWheelbarrow July 28, 2014
I adore this cocktail, Marian!
Author Comment
Marian B. July 31, 2014
Me too! Next time you're in the city we'll drink them. (Book party refreshments???)
Exbruxelles July 22, 2014
I agree: Skip the soda water. This is the best summer drink ever. <br />
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Marian B. July 31, 2014