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Show off to all your friends by handing them an Aperol Spritz at your next party! And don’t worry, as fancy as they may seem, these cocktails really only need 3 ingredients and a few minutes to whip up.

Two aperol spitzes are placed next to several orange slices.

Whenever I order an aperol spritz at a bar or restaurant, I can’t help but feel a little smug. I mean, they just sound so old fashioned and fancy!

However, these Italian cocktails are really quite simple – deliciously simple. This is a no-frills cocktail recipe that doesn’t need all the extra stuff to make an impact.

So, what exactly does an aperol spritz taste like?

If you’ve never had one before, these wine based cocktails are a real treat. They’re delightfully bubbly from the prosecco and and sparkling water (or soda if you’d prefer), and has a lovely orange taste from the aperol itself. While it’s slightly bitter in taste, it’s very pleasant, especially if you’re not a fan of overly sweet drinks.

When it comes time to serve your spritzes, don’t forget to garnish each glass with an orange slice!

Most of the time I say that cocktail garnishes are a fun, but optional choice. However, it’s a real crime to serve aperol spritzes with no orange wedges. They’re not only picturesque, but they also add more fresh orange flavor to the cocktail.

An aperol spritz is garnished with a mint leaf and an orange slice.


  • Ice – You’ll want to fill each glass with ice so the cocktail is deliciously cold.
  • Aperol – There’s an abundance of aperol brands to choose from. As long as you steer clear of the super cheap stuff, you should be in the clear.
  • Prosecco – Similarly to the aperol, this cocktail will only be as good as the ingredients in it. Try not to skimp too much on your choice of bubbly!
  • Soda – Soda or sparkling water adds even more bubbles to this already fizzy drink.
  • Orange slice – It bears repeating… Do NOT skip out on this garnish! It really brings the whole drink together perfectly.
Aperol is being poured into a wine glass.

Can I make an aperol spritz less boozy, or even non-alcoholic?

Yes, and it’s easy to do!

Just substitute the amount of prosecco you’d normally use with a some soda or sparkling water. This is actually one of my favorite mocktails to sip on!

An aperol spritz is placed on a round wooden cutting board.

Can I make my drink less bitter?

If bitter drinks aren’t really your thing, don’t fret. You can dilute the bitterness of this cocktail by adding a little but more prosecco and freshly squeezed lime juice from your garnish slices.

A wine glass is filled with aperol spritz, ice, and an orange slice.

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Aperol Spritz

These Italian cocktails are really quite simple! This is a no-frills cocktail recipe that doesn't need all the extra stuff to make an impact.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • Ice
  • ¾ cups Aperol
  • ¾ cup prosecco
  • ¼ cup soda or sparkling water
  • 1 orange slice

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  • Fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour the Aperol over the ice.
  • Add the prosecco and the orange slice and finish with a splash of soda or sparkling water.

Recipe Notes

You can make it less boozy if you want. Just triple the amount of sparkling water or soda.
You can also use grapefruit slices or lemon slices as a garnish.
This is an incredibly refreshing drink that’s slightly bitter (Aperol is slightly bitter). You can make it less bitter by adding more prosecco.


Serving: 1 cocktail | Calories: 78 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 5 mg | Potassium: 101 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g

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Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cocktail recipe, drink recipe, easy cocktail
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