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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!

Aperol Spritz

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 3 minutes


  • 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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

posted in Beverages
last updated August 7, 2014

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15 Responses to “Aperol Spritz”

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchensposted August 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

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


  2. Aimeeposted August 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Perfect weekend cocktail!


  3. Gabyposted August 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

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


  4. Heather Christoposted August 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

    aaaahhhhh Italy- this is the best ever!


  5. marlaposted August 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Such a refreshing cocktail!


  6. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratchposted August 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

    What a gorgeous cocktail perfect for Friday!


  7. Julia @Vikalinkaposted August 9, 2014 at 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.


  8. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    This looks so refreshing and I love the color!


  9. Jodee Weilandposted August 10, 2014 at 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!


  10. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted August 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

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


  11. aliceposted September 2, 2014 at 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!


  12. Debbieposted September 12, 2014 at 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…..


  13. Berniceposted May 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Been to the place you’re talking about! Loved you picture!  Brought back lots of great memories.  Didn’t try this drink when we were there but will try it at home, will close my eyes and bring myself back to that spot, even if just in my mind.Thank you!


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