The Aperol Spritz is an easy drinking cocktail that combines Aperol, prosecco, and club soda.  Its sunny color makes it the perfect cocktail for summer, but it’s so delicious you will drink it year-round.

Aperol Spritz cocktail in three wine glasses with orange and rosemary garnish.


A cure for the winter blues?

Christmas is over, and the winter doldrums have set in.  It’s this time of year that I find myself in need of a little reminder of summer.  And if the combination of Aperol and prosecco doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does.

A classic cocktail, the Aperol Spritz combines some of our favorite ingredients in a very simple drink whose color is reminiscent of a warm summer sunset, a gentle reminder that summer is never too far off.

Aperol cocktails

Aperol is one of those liqueurs that is best mixed in another cocktail, and I do believe the Aperol Spritz is probably the most well known cocktail using it.

I often use Aperol interchangeably with Campari, although there are some differences between the two.  For any of the following, you may want to sub in Aperol for Campari if you prefer a sweeter, less bitter drink:

We also use Aperol in our Moscato Sangria.

What to serve with Aperol Spritz?

The Aperol Spritz is the perfect before-dinner cocktail, but I would also argue that it is the perfect partner to any type of brunch fare, like our semolina french toast with lemons and blueberries.

If having a dinner party, we’d recommend making an entire pitcher of Aperol Spritz, following the simple recipe of 3 parts Aperol, 2 parts prosecco, and a splash of club soda.  The recipe we outline below is for one large drink only.

In addition to the French Toast listed above, here are some dishes we think would pair well with the Aperol Spritz:

How to make the Aperol Spritz

The recipe really couldn’t be simpler and requires only a few ingredients:  Aperol, prosecco, club soda or seltzer (we use grapefruit flavored), and ice.   An optional ingredient, that we think enhances the drink, is fresh squeezed orange juice.  Also optional, are orange slices and rosemary sprigs for garnish.

Ingredients for Aperol Spritz: Aperol, Prosecco and Seltzer

Begin by adding ice to a cocktail mixing glass, or cocktail shaker.  Add the Aperol and Prosecco, and orange juice (optional) and stir until combined.

Aperol Spritz being poured into wine glass with ice.

Strain and pour into a wine glass with ice.  Top with club soda or seltzer.

Aperol Spritz in wine glass with ice

Garnish with orange slices and rosemary sprigs.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

Aperol Spritz in wine glass with ice, rosemary and orange slice.

This recipe is super simple, but its gorgeous color, especially when accompanied with orange slices and rosemary for garnish, makes it look more complex than it is.

Another super simple spritz not to be missed is this hugo cocktail recipe.    Give that one a try if you like elderflower.

The Lillet Spritz is also great for light, floral spritz.

If you like Negronis but want something lighter, try the Americano.

Also, check out this limoncello spritz recipe.  If you love limoncello, you’re in luck!

And our new summer favorite.  The frosé – it’s a slushy strawberry rosé cocktail.


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Aperol Spritz

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
This classic cocktail combines aperol, prosecco and club soda for a delightful, fizzy and refreshing experience.


  • 1 cup ice
  • 4.5 oz Prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • 3 oz Aperol
  • 1 splash Club Soda or seltzer
  • 1 oz Fresh orange juice (optional)
  • 1 slice orange for garnish (optional)
  • 1 sprig Rosemary for garnish (optional)


  • In a cocktail mixer, combine ice, prosecco, Aperol and orange juice and stir to combine.
  • Strain and pour into ice filled wine glass.
  • Add a splash of club soda or seltzer.
  • Garnish with orange slices and rosemary and serve immediately.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 6.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Love the sprintz. Learned to drink it in Sorrento in October. Many drink the Aperol. So good!
    Thanks for the recipe. Love it when it’s warm outside before dinner.

  2. I’m definitely going to try this one. Beautiful! We always have Prosecco on hand, and I recently ordered a cocktail in a restaurant with Aperol for the first time and loved it, which makes sense because i love rhubarb. 🙂 Cheers!