How To Make The Perfect Aperol Spritz

how to make aperol spritz

How To Make The Perfect Aperol Spritz

Being the masters of the ‘aperitivo’, (a pre dinner drink meant to stimulate the appetite), one of Italy’s most famous drinks is the Aperol Spritz. This cocktail is so simple to make, that even we at D&G Design don’t often manage to get it wrong! The other great thing about the Aperol spritz is that it is relatively low in alcohol, (Aperol is only 11%) so you can drink plenty of them! Or at least that’s my excuse 🙂

A light liqueur, Aperol is an infusion of herbs and roots. Two of its most distinctive flavours are oranges and rhubarb. See below for the classic Aperol spritz recipe, and keep scrolling for some popular alternative versions.

aperol spritzHow to Make the Perfect Aperol Spritz

What you need:

  • A bottle of chilled Prosecco
  • A bottle of Aperol
  • Soda (chilled)
  • Tall balloon or wine glasses
  • Ice cubes
  • Slices of orange

While many believe that the recipe calls for the cocktail to be three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol and one part soda, the traditional way of making Aperol spritz is to pour the prosecco and Aperol in equal proportions, adding a splash of soda afterwards. This mirrors its Italian heritage and in my opinion tat sets better.


  • Fill the glasses generously with cubed ice
  • Combine Prosecco followed by Aperol in equal parts
  • Add a splash of soda
  • Garnish with a slice of orange

If you want to be totally Venetian about it then add an olive on a stick.


If you are out of any of the ingredients, or they aren’t available, then you can substitute –

    • Sparkling white wine instead of prosecco
    • Campari instead of Aperol
    • Any kind of bitters for Aperol (add extra orange slices to garnish)
    • Sparkling water instead of soda
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