Aperol Spritz Italian Cocktail Recipe
This classic Italian aperitif cocktail is the color of a sunset and capable of brightening any ordinary afternoon with its light and refreshing mix of sweet, crisp, and bitter.
Last September I went to Italy to cook for a Yoga retreat. (I know. Tough gig.) The fabulous yoga instructor who organized the whole thing kept ordering glasses of Aperol Spritz on the nights when we ventured out from our Tuscan Villa for afternoon drinks (SUCH a tough gig). It was the first time I’d heard of the cocktail and right away I was smitten.
Here’s what’s awesome about the Aperol Spritz:
- It’s DELICIOUS.
- The combination of bubbly with a touch of bitter is super light and refreshing.
- It’s a low alcohol cocktail, so you can happily sip away on a nice big glass of the stuff without overdoing it.
- It’s perfectly acceptable – even encouraged – to drink this cocktail through a fun paper straw.
Your local liquor store doesn’t stock Aperol? No worries. Just substitute Campari. Aperol isn’t quite as bitter as Campari and is a bit more citrusy. So, just use a bit less and add an extra orange slice.
This classic Italian aperitif cocktail is the color of a sunset and capable of brightening any ordinary afternoon with it’s light and refreshing mix of sweet, crisp, and bitter.
- 4 oz chilled prosecco
- 2 oz Aperol
- Sparkling water
- A slice or two of orange
- Add a few pieces of ice to a tumbler or wine glass. Pour in the Prosecco, then the aperol, and top it with as much, or as little, sparkling water as you like. Add a slice of orange and serve.
- Category: Cocktails