With a melody of sweetly bitter flavor, this bright Aperol spritz cocktail is perfect for casual sipping or serving as an aperitif before a delicious meal.

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Two glasses of aperol spritz cocktail topped with an orange twist and served on a wood board.

About Aperol Spritz

Whether you’re searching for a delicious drink appetizer or simply love a good wine cocktail, this Aperol spritz packs a delicious herb-infused orange flavor and a delightfully dry bite that’s sure to make it your next go-to cocktail.

What is an aperol spritz?

An Aperol Spritz is a wine-based cocktail with sweet citrus and a slightly dry or bitter taste. It gets most of its flavor from the Aperol, which has hints of orange and a light tang of herbs.

This cocktail is also commonly served as an aperitif, which is a fancy name for an alcoholic beverage (typically dry or bitter) that’s served before a meal to help stimulate appetite and digestion.

Which Prosecco should you use?

Prosecco is a sparkling dry and fruity white wine from Italy, and there are many types to choose from – but overall, I would recommend picking whichever brand or type that fits best within your budget. The general consensus for cocktails is to not use the “good stuff” in mixed drinks; the pricy bottles are best enjoyed on their own, unless there’s one you really, really like and would prefer to use.

As for me, I like using La Marca Prosecco for this drink. The price point is reasonable and the citrus, honey, and flowery flavor compliment the Aperol.

Top down view of aperol spritz, showing off speared orange twist and a floating orange slice in the top of the drink.

How to measure this cocktail

This cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.”

This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this:

Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.

For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)

This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.

What are the exact measurements for one drink?

In a hurry and want simple measurements for just one drink? No problem! Just use this as a guide:

  • 1 orange slice, optional
  • 3 ounce Aperol
  • 3 ounce Prosecco
  • 1 ounce club soda, or to taste

You can also select “Metric” measurements in the recipe card below to see these numbers.

Side view of a glass of Aperol spritz, showing off an orange slice and bubbles from the white wine.

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How to make an Aperol Spritz

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Fill a highball glass (or similar size) with size.

Step 2 – If using an orange twist, cut into the rind of an orange slice, then cut away the pulp. If desired, squeeze some of the juice from the rind or discarded orange slice into Twist the strip of rind until it holds a curly shape (you can also spear it with a toothpick) then set it aside.

Step 3 – Pour in the Aperol and Prosecco, then top off the drink with some club soda, to taste. Garnish the drink with the prepared orange slice.

Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Two glasses of aperol spritz cocktail topped with an orange twist and served on a wood board.
5 from 1 vote

Aperol Spritz

5 mins prep
338 kcal
Yields: 1 drink
With a melody of sweetly bitter flavor, this bright Aperol spritz cocktail is perfect for casual sipping or serving as an aperitif before a delicious meal.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Fill a highball glass (or similar size) with ice, then set nearby.
  • Make a small cut into the rind of the orange slice, then cut away the pulp, leaving only a strip of rind. If desired, gently squeeze orange juice from the rind strip (or even from the discarded parts of the orange slice) over the ice in the glass. Curl and twist the rind strip into a circular shape, firmly holding it in place for 30 seconds or until the rind can hold a curly shape. For a decorative look, spear the curled orange twist with a toothpick. Set orange twist aside.
    1 orange slice
  • Pour aperol and Prosecco into glass, then top with club soda to taste. Garnish with the prepared orange twist.
    3 part Aperol, 3 part Prosecco, 1 part club soda, 1 orange slice
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy