Classic Aperol Spritz

Even a beginner mixologist can successfully prepare a Classic Aperol Spritz and come off looking like a maestro.

Food + Drink Cocktail of the Week Brian Webb

This article was published on May 15th, 2020

If you are tired of the overtly complicated cocktail and looking for something that is simple yet tasteful, look no further than this Classic Aperol spritz. Even a beginner mixologist can successfully prepare this cocktail and come off looking like a maestro. 

The secret lies with the Aperol, a classic Italian bitter aperitif that’s made with cinchona, rhubarb, gentian, and other ingredients. It has a natural orange coloring that is perfect for this time of year when all the trees are in bloom. It is essentially a less alcoholic Campari, so you can persevere through an entire gathering while maintaining your dignity. 

Spritzes are perfect for outdoor affairs, brunch, or as that first happy hour drink. They can also pair with just about anything as the entire point of a spritz is to make it so that what you’re drinking tastes neither too sweet nor too bitter. Enjoy it as an aperitif or as a digestif, or whenever you feel like it really. The Aperol Spritz is so versatile!

  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 2 oz dry prosecco 
  • 1 oz club soda 

Fill a wine glass with ice. Add Aperol, then prosecco. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange slice.

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