Aperol Spritz

A classic italian cocktail that screams summer. The Aperol Spritz is my new summer beverage of choice and needs to be shared to enjoy. 

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We walked down the street… Waves crashing against boulders on the left. Brightly painted medieval buildings on the right. Sun shining above. Ocean breeze caressing our cheeks.

If we could only find the perfect spot to satisfy both parent and child, this would be the perfect day.

Then, up ahead we saw it. A colorful cafe and giant deck clinging to the boulders, with a clear view of swimmers and sunbathers perched below.

Lt. Dan and I walked to the table closest to the water’s edge and sat down. The kids dropped their bags and ran for the waves. Dan and I looked at each other and sighed. After several weeks of 24 hour togetherness, we could use a few grownup moments alone.

As we looked over the menu I asked Dan, “What do I want?”

“I think you want an Aperol Spritz.” he suggested.

Aperol Spritz #cocktail #summer #italianOur favorite cafe in Porto Venere always served cocktails with a hearty side of Italian bar snacks… and potato chips.

And that was the beginning of my latest love affair, the Aperol Spritz.

We ordered these bitter-sweet cocktails several more times while in Italy. The delicate balance of the slightly bitter Aperol, with the sweetness and bubbles from prosecco and club soda, makes this a brilliantly refreshing summer beverage. Even now, I can’t stop thinking about them.

I set out to recreate the Aperol Spritz as we enjoyed it in Italy. After all, how difficult could it be to make this simple 3-ingredient cocktail? Last week, after several attempts of altering ratios, I yelled for Dan, “I’ve got it! Come taste.”

He sipped my Aperol Spritz, his eyes lit up, then he glanced down at the counter.

He turned the bottle of Aperol around to show me the oversized label with an official Aperol Spritz recipe on the back.


Simple  Aperol Spritz #cocktail #summer #italian

Oh well. I like my ratios better anyway.

This Aperol Spritz varies only the tiniest bit from the recipe on the bottle. Yet whether you make it like I do, or use the recipe on the bottle, this is a cocktail not to be missed!


Yield: 1

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Aperol Spritz


  • 2 oz. Aperol
  • 2 oz. Prosecco
  • 2 oz. Club Soda
  • Orange peel or slices for garnish


  1. Pour the Aperol, prosecco, and club soda in a glass.
  2. Stir, then top with ice cubes. Garnish and serve.

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13 Responses to “Aperol Spritz”

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchens — August 8, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    This has my name all over it!! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos too!


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    Aimee — August 8, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    Perfect weekend cocktail!


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    Gaby — August 8, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    This is incredible, can’t wait to try it!


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    Heather Christo — August 8, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    aaaahhhhh Italy- this is the best ever!


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    marla — August 8, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    Such a refreshing cocktail!


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    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — August 8, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    What a gorgeous cocktail perfect for Friday!


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    Julia @Vikalinka — August 9, 2014 @ 4:34 am

    My favourite cocktail for sure! Incidentally, I just came home with a bag full of groceries and a bottle of Aperol. I don’t even bother with club soda or lemonade. Just Aperol and Prosecco! :-) Lovely photos, Sommer.


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 9, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    This looks so refreshing and I love the color!


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    Jodee Weiland — August 10, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    Being Italian, I love Italy and can’t wait to return soon to visit again. I love this drink…thanks for sharing!


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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 11, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    What a gorgeous cocktail. That view paired with the snack bar–hello dream vacation.


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    alice — September 2, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    You should try the trentino Alto Adige version! With elderflower syrup instead of aperol and fresh mint leaves instead of Orange! Perfect!


    • Sommer — September 3rd, 2014 @ 5:22 am

      Thanks Alice, will do!


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    Debbie — September 12, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    JUST had the Aperol Spritz revelation ourselves, having spent the last 3 weeks in Italy. Can you believe it’s existed and noone told us?! We’ve been home just 24 hours and hubby is off to the liqueur store to hunt down Aperol. ;-) And I love your photo – we were in Porto Venere just a week ago…..


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