Cocktail Recipe: Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz is a relatively new cocktail invented in Italy in the early 21st century. Aperol has a longer history, having been created in 1919 by the Barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy. Aperol is made from a blend of herbs and roots, including bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. It was originally marketed as a health tonic but soon became popular as an aperitif.

The Aperol Spritz is a light and refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping on a warm day. The combination of sparkling wine and Aperol creates a unique and complex flavor profile that is both sweet and bitter, while the soda water splashes add refreshing effervescence to the drink. The orange slice garnish adds a hint of citrus and brings all the flavors together for a perfectly balanced cocktail.

  • 3 oz Prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • Splash of soda water
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Ice

Step 1:

Fill a wine glass with ice.

Step 2:

Add the Prosecco and Aperol to the glass. Top with a splash of soda water.

Step 3:

Stir the mixture gently to combine. Garnish with an orange slice.


Enjoy this sophisticated Aperol Spritz cocktail, perfect for impressing guests at a party or enjoying a quiet evening at home. The combination of sweet and bitter flavors, the soda water’s effervescence, and the orange garnish’s bright citrus notes make this drink an all-around winner. Cheers!