An Aperol spritz is a quintessential summer cocktail. Popular in Italy, Aperol is a lower alcohol content digestif but the addition of orange hard seltzer and prosecco make up for it in this iteration. Cin cin!
This classic Italian apéritif isn’t just good before a meal—it’s always spritz-o-clock in my book. You can use soda water instead of prosecco, but it’s much more fun to triple down on the alcohol.–Casie Vogel
☞ Table of Contents
- 6 ounces Aperol*
- 4 ounces prosecco or soda water
- 1 can (12 ounce) orange hard seltzer
- Orange wedges for garnish
- Fill two glasses with ice. Divvy the Aperol between the glasses.
- Split the prosecco or soda water between the glasses.
- Top each glass with half a can of seltzer. Garnish each glass with an orange wedge.
*What is Aperol?An Italian apéritif bitter, Aperol has gained popularity in North America in recent years, especially as a refreshing summer cocktail. It has a very recognizable orange shade and, more importantly, a very recognizable taste. It’s quite bittersweet because of its combination of oranges, herbs, and roots, including gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona (which gives tonic water that similar distinct taste). It’s very similar to Campari, another Italian apéritif, but it has nearly half the alcohol content (a low 11%) and a less bitter taste.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
My go-to summertime drink is a classic Aperol spritz, so of course, I had to test this iteration using orange-flavored hard seltzer. I tested it with White Claw Tangerine.
It wasn't at all bad but it wasn't nearly as good as the classic Aperol spritz using prosecco along with club soda or seltzer. I think the problem is that I'm not a huge fan of hard seltzer in the first place because I find that it has a bit of an artificial tasting edge, and unfortunately that came through in the cocktail. I also realize I'm in the minority and that a lot of people LOVE hard seltzer, so some will find this flavor appealing (including many of my friends!). So, while I'd recommend this to some people who I think would love this, personally, I'll stick with my classic Aperol spritz!
Well, we're having a heatwave, and it isn't pretty, truth be told. Coming home from a tough day on the Atlantic, how could I NOT fix myself and my friend a luscious cocktail? I had all of the goodies on hand and so this Aperol spritz was a no-brainer. Time to indulge.
My latest discovery has been these adorable split bottles of prosecco. I am fortunate enough to live in an area, aka as New Jersey, where BYOB is common. The splits are wonderful when a full bottle of bubbly is not a great idea when driving. The split also works beautifully for two Aperol cocktails. My go-to has been made with prosecco along with seltzer and orange juice. Actually, I think I've always followed the recipe on the bottle of Aperol. The hard seltzer called for in this incarnation was perfetto. A variation on a theme, for sure, but an enhanced one. A wonderful addition to a sparkling summer offering.
Originally published July 18, 2021