Aperol Spritz

An ingredient and recipe that was little known outside Italy until the 2010s that has become a worldwide phenomenon. 

Very few cocktails are called for by the exact brand name either, so someone at Aperol surely got a bonus! 

It’s secret? A combination of all the top hits. Simple to make, vibrant colour, visually appealing, refreshing to drink (even if a little sweet) and highly approachable, but without being trashy. Well played Italy, well played.

Read More

Ingredients 

  • 90 ml PROSECCO (3 parts)
  • 60 ml APEROL (2 parts)
  • 30 ml SPARKLING WATER (1 part)
Pin Recipe

How to make it

  • 1 – Add all liquid ingredients to a wine glass
  • 2 – Fill glass with cubed ice
  • 3 – Add 2 slices of fresh orange 
Tried this recipe?Mention @candra_drinks or tag #makebetterdrinks

Shopping list calculator

Aperol Spritz
What you need
Ingredient 0 0 unit
Prosecco 0 0 ml
Aperol 0 0 ml
Sparkling Water 0 0 ml
Ice 0 0 grams

Get nerdy with it

PROSECCO – The Prosecco Police will not come knocking on your door if you use a different Sparkling wine here, but it is a great option of course, and the classic for this recipe. Something light and dry will work well and balance out the sweetness of the Aperol.

Although you might not want to spend a fortune on Prosecco or any other sparkling wine for that matter, just remember that your Spritz will suffer if you decide to buy something that you would not be happy having a glass of without mixing. 

APEROL – It’s the classic choice here and of course works very nicely. Until the breakthrough of this cocktail, Aperol could only really be found in fancy cocktail bars outside of Italy, where bartenders would use it in place of Campari in certain recipes where a softer, slightly less bitter aperitivo suited the recipe. 

With the popularity of both the Aperol Spritz and the Negroni, the market for Bitter Aperitivos has suddenly exploded and excitingly, both bars and stores carry any number of different brands for you to try. Both very old and very new. So, don’t be afraid to try something new. You can check out which ones we recommend here.

SPARKLING WATER –  This recipe will actually handle something with some minerality, but probably most importantly is carbonation. You want you Spritz to have bubbles, so pick one with high carbonation or pack plenty of bubbles into the water if you’re making your own. 

ORANGES – Small or medium sized preferably. Large ones are too cumbersome for an elegant garnish and tend to be less juicy and flavoursome. 

ICE – FILL your glass with, and ideally use cold large solid chunks or cubes of ice. Filling your glass with ice, and using solid chunks of ice will not only look better, it importantly stays as ice for longer, therefore not adding more unnecessary water to your drink. 

Why we chose this recipe for you

Not only is it a delicious, simple to make recipe, that many people want to know how to make. It also kick started a love affair with the Spritz as a style of recipe. To most, the word Spritz or Spritzer meant nothing more than white wine and sparkling water drunk by those looking to moderate their intake or maybe day-drink more responsibly. 

Now, most bars will have a number of different Spritz recipes on their list. The Aperol Spritz can be ordered in any bar that you’d be happy ordering a Gin & Tonic in. This simple Italian recipe has had a huge impact on our drinking culture. 

Enjoy mixing the classic as we have presented it here for you, or, take that 3:2:1 ratio and run with it. Try different Aperitivos, or switch in vermouths. Try different wines, switch out the orange slices for olives or ribbons of cucumber. You don’t have to get too experimental to create something very unique. If you come up with something new that you think works, share it with us!

As always, don’t forget to show us what you made by tagging us!

@Candra_Drinks #MakeBetterDrinks #CandraDrinks

Liked this? You’ll love these.

How much juice can you squeeze from a lemon?!

Download Our FREE Cocktail Ingredients Guide

Get Nerdy With Our Latest & Greatest Recipes, Stories & Tips