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Aperol Spritz

2 hands, each holding a wine glass 3 quarters full of a bubbly orange cocktail with ice and an orange slice.
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!
Casie Vogel

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Drinks
Italian
2 drinks
256 kcal

Ingredients 

  • Ice
  • 6 ounces Aperol*
  • 4 ounces prosecco or soda water
  • 1 can (12 ounce) orange hard seltzer
  • Orange wedges for garnish

Directions 

  • 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.

Notes

*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.