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Aperol Spritz – A Perfect Italian Cocktail

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Last Updated on November 28, 2022 by The Noms

A classic Italian cocktail, perfectly refreshing is this Aperol Spritz!


In these waning days of summer coming, we are still enjoying warm weather drinks, so we figured we better share another classic, the Aperol Spritz. The Aperol Spritz, is bubbly and refreshing and just the right amount of bitter and sweet at the same time.  The history of Aperol starts after WWI in Italy, and it became popular before and after WWII.


Mr. Nom’s parents recently returned from an Italian trip totally obsessed with the Aperol Spritz, which they said were served nearly everywhere they went, so of course the first thing they did when they got back was to find a bottle of Aperol to make us a Spritz!  Of course we had been making these for a couple of years, but we wouldn’t ever miss up an opportunity to enjoy one!


Aperol Spritz cocktail in wine glasses with orange slices. Prosecco and aperol bottles in background

Aperol Spritz

In the 1950s the Aperol Spritz was born when the recipe for the Spritz was featured in a national Italian ad campaign. Aperol is a mix of flavors including bitter orange and rhubarb, but the orange is definitely the standout flavor. An Aperol Spritz is a combo of the Aperol and Prosecco, a sparkling Italian white wine. It is usually served as an Apertif, which means it is served before the meal, to whet your appetite and get you ready for your meal.


orange Aperol Spritz cocktail in wine glasses with orange slices. Prosecco and aperol bottles in background


What Ingredients are Needed for the Aperol Spritz?

  • Prosecco
  • Soda Water
  • Aperol



What is the Flavor of Aperol?

It is a bright orange, bitter and sweet orange with herbs. It tastes and smells like Campari, but Aperol is less alcoholic. Campari is more bitter and a darker color.




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Orange Aperol spritzes in wine glasses with orange slices. Cut orange, greenery, Aperol bottle and blue Prosecco bottle in background
Yield: 1

Aperol Spritz

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

An Italian classic cocktail, perfect for brunch or before dinner. This Aperol spritz recipe is a great toast to Italy.


Aperol Spritz Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • 3 ounces Prosecco


Mix all ingredients over ice and enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 564Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 103.4gFiber: 0gSugar: 103.4gProtein: 3.1g

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orange Aperol Spritz cocktails in wine glasses with orange slices. Cut orange and greenery in background with Aperol bottle and blue prosecco bottle


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Tuesday 8th of September 2015

I never tried Aperol before but this looks refreshing and delicious!

Chelsea Pearl

Monday 7th of September 2015

Mmmm, Aperol is one of my favorite secret weapons. Love the punchy flavor and this looks amazingly classic.

The 'Noms.

Monday 7th of September 2015

It's so good, and SUCH an easy, beautiful cocktail!


Sunday 6th of September 2015

Ohhh, now this is my kind of drink! Thank you for sharing this spritz, I will be trying soon!

The 'Noms.

Monday 7th of September 2015

It's so yummy! Cheers!

Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

Sunday 6th of September 2015

One of my favorite cocktails, but not every bartender makes a good one. But when they do? Mmm.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 6th of September 2015

I think it totally depends on the kind of Presecco that they use. Some are better than others! Cheers!


Sunday 6th of September 2015

I have never had aperol! May have to try this...since hubby and I both have tomorrow off we will be drinking tonite :)

The 'Noms.

Sunday 6th of September 2015

It is so good! Cheers!

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