Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz, that vibrant orange icon gracing cafe tables and Instagram feeds alike, is more than just a trendy drink. It’s a taste of Italian summer, a refreshing sip that transports you to sun-drenched piazzas and lively aperitivo hours. But achieving the perfect balance of sweet, bitter, and bubbly can feel like a secret code for the uninitiated. Fear not, fellow food adventurer! This comprehensive guide will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to craft an Aperol Spritz worthy of any Italian nonna.

A History of Refreshment

The Aperol Spritz boasts a surprisingly rich history, its origins tracing back to 1919 in Padua, Italy. Back then, the bright orange aperitif, Aperol, was gaining popularity, and its light, bittersweet profile was cleverly combined with sparkling Prosecco and a splash of soda water. The result? A refreshingly light, low-alcohol drink perfect for pre-dinner socializing. Over time, the Spritz captured the hearts (and taste buds) of Italians and tourists alike, evolving into the international sensation it is today.

This Aperol Spritz recipe is a nice and refreshing change from Mimosas or Bloody Marys for a summer brunch.

The Art of Simplicity: Key Ingredients and Ratios

The beauty of the Aperol Spritz lies in its simplicity. But don’t underestimate the importance of quality ingredients and precise ratios. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Aperol: The star of the show, this bittersweet aperitif with notes of orange,rhubarb, and gentian is non-negotiable. Look for bottles with the iconic orange label.
  • Prosecco: Opt for a dry Prosecco DOCG for its crisp acidity and delicate bubbles.Avoid overly sweet varieties that can overpower the delicate balance.
  • Soda water: Plain, chilled soda water is your friend here. Avoid flavored varieties or tonics, which can clash with the aperitif’s unique flavor profile.
  • Garnish: A classic Aperol Spritz is usually adorned with a large orange slice,adding a touch of sweetness and visual appeal. You can also experiment with lemon or grapefruit twists for a subtle variation.
Photo of an Aperol Spritz in Florence with salami and olives

The Golden Ratio: 3-2-1 to Spritz Bliss

The secret to a perfectly balanced Spritz lies in the golden ratio: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda water. This ensures a drink that’s light, refreshing, and not overly sweet. However, feel free to adjust the proportions slightly to your taste preference. Remember, it’s your Spritz journey!

In Italy, you can find bottled Aperol Spritz in most markets, sold as a 3-pack. I’ve also been able to find them at places like Total Wine & More, and BevMo, but they are quite expensive here in the United States.

If you enjoy the taste of a Spritz, it’s best just to buy the standard sized Aperol bottle. I buy my Asolo Prosecco from Costco, which is a great deal at under $10 a bottle. And living here in Southern California, a fresh California orange — grown in Riverside — is the perfect garnish.

The Ritual of Creation: Crafting Your Masterpiece

Now, let’s get mixing! Here’s the step-by-step guide:

  • Chill your glassware: Fill a large wine glass or flute with ice and let it sit for a few minutes. This ensures your drink stays refreshingly cold.
  • Discard the ice: Once chilled, discard the ice from the glass.
  • Add the Aperol: Pour 2 parts of Aperol into the glass.
  • Top with Prosecco: Gently pour 3 parts of chilled Prosecco down the side of the glass to avoid disturbing the Aperol.
  • Finish with soda water: Top off with 1 part (around 30ml) of chilled soda water.
  • Garnish and enjoy: Add a large orange slice (or your chosen garnish) and raise a toast to your Aperol Spritz mastery!

More Drink Recipes

Ready for more Culinary Adventures?

Head over to my YouTube channel for video demonstrations of more than 300 recipes! I’ll guide you through each step, sharing tips and tricks, and revealing insider secrets gleaned from the chefs around the world. Let’s embark on more delicious adventures together! You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and X!

Photo of a classic Aperol Spritz recipe with orange wedge

Aperol Spritz

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Have you ever tried an Aperol Spritz? This light and refreshing aperitivo is served throughout the afternoon in Italy, and is one of the country’s signature cocktails.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1


  • 3 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces dry Prosecco
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Orange slice for garnish


  • Fill a wine glass with ice.
  • Combine Prosecco DOC followed by Aperol in equal amounts.
  • Add a splash of soda water.
  • Garnish with an orange slice.
Let’s get cooking!Subscribe to my cooking videos on YouTube at @ChefTips!
Keyword cocktails, drinks, Italy
Join me on Facebook!Like and follow @ChefTips on all social media!

AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

Leave a Reply