Aperol Spritz Cocktail - an easy three ingredient cocktail that gets a festive flair from all the bubbles! A favorite Prosecco cocktail with Aperol and club soda, so delicious and so pretty to look at!
What is Aperol?
If you haven't added Aperol to your bar, you need to. It is an Italian apértif, made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona among other ingredients.
It has a gorgeous orange color and a unique bitter taste. I love the flavor that it adds to cocktails.
You might notice that it looks a lot like Campari. They are similar and I love them both.
Some consider Aperol a bit more approachable. It has a lower alcohol content and a softer flavor.
So, when I saw that an Aperol Spritz Cocktail has only 3 ingredients, I knew that it would let all that wonderful Aperol flavor shine through.
Ingredients in an Aperol Spritz
You only need 3 ingredients to make an Aperol Spritz! Well, four if you count the orange slice for garnish!
Aperol - as I mentioned in the paragraph above, Aperol is a bitter Italian apertif.
Club Soda - or sparkling water. We use our Soda Stream to make carbonated water.
Prosecco - an Italian sparkling wine.
Orange - slice for garnish.
Step by step instructions
After gathering your ingredients, begin by slicing an orange into thin slices. Then slice those in half so you have half moon shaped slices.
Fill a glass with ice and add the orange slice.
Pour the club soda into the glass.
Add the Aperol to the glass.
Top the cocktail with Prosecco.
Stir and enjoy!
We loved this cocktail! While it's super light and refreshing making it a perfect summer cocktail, we actually like it all year round.
I've even had it for New Year's Eve, the sparkling bubbles from the Prosecco make it festive! As the night went on, I just added a little more club soda to make it a bit weaker.
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More Sparkling Cocktails
Another fun Prosecco cocktail used again in this Violette Royale Cocktail!
Because mornings need fun cocktails too - a Grapefruit Mimosa.
Another gorgeous cocktail with bubbles - Negroni Sbagliato.
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- 3 ounces Prosecco
- 2 ounces Aperol
- 1 ounce club soda
- Orange slice for garnish
- Place ice cubes in a glass.
- Add Prosecco, Aperol and club soda.
- Stir. Garnish with an orange slice.
Update Notes: This was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2020.