Aperol spritz — the most popular apéritif from italy

Aperol Spritz — The most popular apéritif from Italy

Aperol Spritz: The classic cocktail from Italy. This classic apéritif, prepared with simple ingredients, is served in a wine glass. The most important ingredients: Prosecco, ice cubes and of course Aperol!

The unique

Stylish, sparkling and fruity, that is the Aperol Spritz cocktail. Probably the most popular apéritif from Italy! It’s super easy to recognize: bright orange color, a wine glass with ice and an orange slice. Everyone knows exactly what you are drinking.

The versatile

A classic apéritif is enjoyed before the meal. As a mood setter for the delicious things to come, so to say. The Aperol Spritz cocktail is so versatile that it always fits. Whether you’re relaxing with a friend in a sidewalk café, on a hot day or when you have something big to celebrate, the Aperol Spritz cocktail always creates the right atmosphere.

The international

Whether at home or on vacation, when you order an Aperol Spritz, everyone knows what you mean. Few cocktails have gone around the world like this sparkling mix. Regardless of the different food cultures in the countries, it manages to capture the taste and way of life.

Where does Aperol come from?

About 100 years ago, the brothers Silvio and Luigi Barbieri developed a very special liqueur. They presented it at an international trade fair in northern Italy. That was the beginning of the worldwide success story. The liqueur was mixed with many variations of other drinks. The most popular is still the Aperol Spritz Cocktail.

What is Aperol made of?

What is in this fruity-bitter blend? It’s a distillate of rhubarb, bitter orange, and exotic ingredients like cinchona bark, yellow gentian, and a secret blend of herbs. It contains only 11% alcohol. In Germany, however, the percentage has been increased to 15%. 

Aperol Spritz Cocktail

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Aperol Spritz. You can create this delicious mixture in a wine glass in less than five minutes. The most important ingredients are Prosecco, ice cubes, and, of course, the Aperol.
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Preparation time: 3 minutes
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Category: Aperitif, Classic, Fruity, Highball, Longdrink
Origin: Italian
Keywords: Aperol, Carbonated water, Ice cubes, Orange, Prosecco
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke


  • 6 cl Prosecco
  • 4 cl Aperol
  • 2 cl carbonated water
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 slice orange untreated or organic quality


  • Add ice cubes to the glass.
  • Pour the chilled Prosecco on top.
  • Top off with Aperol.
  • Add one or more splashes of cold carbonated water according to taste.
  • Make a cut in the orange slice and stick it on the rim of the glass for decoration. Or place half a slice directly into the glass.


Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Proof: 10.5% vol
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Tips for the perfect Aperol Spritz

How do I keep the liqueur from settling at the bottom of the glass?

Never pour the liqueur in first! Start, as described above, with the ice cubes and the Prosecco. This way everything will mix better and the color will glow an even orange.

Do I have to use an organic orange?

When shopping, pay attention to the information. The peel of oranges and lemons is usually treated with chemicals. This makes the fruits last longer and not dry out as quickly. The disadvantage: it is better to not eat the peel. You could remove the peel, but then the cocktail won’t look as perfect. With the organic orange, you are on the safe side.

With or without a straw?

For me, the straw belongs to the cocktail. To sit back, relax with the glass in hand and enjoy small sips through a straw. But it should not be made of plastic for the sake of the environment. In the end, you decide what you prefer. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

What to add as a little something?

The Aperol Spritz can be combined with many snacks. Italians love olives or slices of ciabatta with it. Small pieces of puff pastry or pizza sticks also go well. Just let your imagination run wild.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of Alcipedia.com.
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