Aperol Spritz

published Jun 13, 2024
Aperol Spritz Recipe

It’s the perfect summer sipper.


Prep5 minutes

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angled shot of two aperol spritz's on a marble surface.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: James Park

The Aperol spritz is one of the most popular cocktails in Italy, and it’s the perfect sipper when you want something light and refreshing. It’s a great balance of bitter, sweet, and citrusy. A glass of this gorgeous, vibrantly hued drink is best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon or to awaken the appetite before dinner. Its effervescence, coupled with its low alcohol content, also make it a plus on a hot day — so stock up on a bottle of Aperol the next time you’re at the store. Once you have it, you can use it to make other delicious things like a Paper Plane cocktail or even Aperol cookies.

Why You’ll Love It

  • It’s deliciously refreshing. It has the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. 
  • It’s super easy to make. You can make it right in the glass, no cocktail shaker needed.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: James Park

Key Ingredients in an Aperol Spritz

  • Aperol: This is a bittersweet Italian apéritif. It is light orange and made from herbs, fruit, and roots.
  • Sparkling wine: Any kind of sparkling wine can be used in a spritz. You can choose a dry one like brut Champagne or opt for a sweeter bubbly like Prosecco.
  • Sparkling water: A little sparkling water balances out the spritz and adds an extra touch of bubbles. Club soda, seltzer, or sparkling mineral water will all work.
  • Orange peel: The fragrant oils from a strip of fresh orange peel help highlight the fruity flavors in the spritz.

How to Make an Aperol Spritz

  1. Prepare the glass. Fill a wine glass with ice.
  2. Make the spritz. Add sparkling wine, Aperol, and sparkling water. Run a strip of orange peel around the rim of the glass to release its fragrant oils, then add to the spritz as a garnish.

Helpful Swaps

  • Sparkling water: While a plain bubbly water will let the flavors in the Aperol shine through, you can use a lime- or orange-flavored one for an extra hit of citrus.
  • Liqueur: Campari can be used in place of Aperol, but it is more bitter and less sweet.

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

Spritzes are best made right before serving, so wait to open the sparkling wine and club soda to ensure that the drinks are effervescent.

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Aperol Spritz Recipe

It’s the perfect summer sipper.

Prep time 5 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • Ice

  • 3 ounces

    chilled sparkling wine, such as prosecco or cava

  • 2 ounces


  • 1/2 ounce

    chilled club soda or seltzer water

  • 1 wide strip

    orange peel, for garnish


  1. Fill a wine glass with ice. Add 3 ounces chilled sparkling wine, 2 ounces Aperol, and 1/2 ounce chilled club soda or seltzer water. Gently stir to combine. Twist 1 wide strip of orange peel directly over the cocktail’s surface, then garnish with the peel.