Also known as the Spritz Veneziano, the Aperol Spritz is the classic cocktail that’s here to stay. Amaro in general is having its moment (who hasn’t heard of the negroni spagliato by now?), but there's something particularly special about this bittersweet, bubbly drink that makes us return to it over and over for happy hour and brunch. Herbal, floral, and subtly sweet with just the right amount of bitterness, the 3-ingredient Italian cocktail is not only perfect during the summer months, but couldn’t be simpler to make at home. Here’s everything you need to know about this cocktail of the moment:

What is Aperol?

The key to this cocktail’s signature bittersweet flavor is also its namesake: Aperol. Like Fernet and Campari, Aperol is a brand of amaro, an Italian-style bittersweet liqueur that is commonly used as an apéritif. A bright red-orange liqueur that is made of citrusy, herbal ingredients, it has a distinct taste that might remind you of burnt orange and rhubarb.

What’s the difference between Aperol and Campari, you may ask? Both are brands of amaro and are made in quite a similar way, but vary slightly in their taste and ingredients. The orange-hued Aperol is slightly sweeter than the negroni’s deep-red Campari—think of it as the easier-to-go-down version.

How to make the best Aperol Spritz:

Not only is this drink ridiculously refreshing, it also couldn’t be easier to make. All you need to remember is the golden Aperol Spritz ratio of 3-2-1: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda water. After filling a glass with ice and letting it chill for 30 seconds (trust us—it makes a difference), pour in your ratio of Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water, give it a good stir, then garnish with a fresh orange slice.

Aperol Spritz variations:

While this ratio nails the flavors of a classic Aperol Spritz, you can adjust as necessary based on your tastes. Too bitter? Tone it down by decreasing the amount of Aperol, and adding a tad more Prosecco. Not an Aperol fan, but craving a similar refreshing bev? Try one of our other spritz recipes, like the sweet and floral Hugo Spritz. (PSA: It’s our official cocktail of the summer.)

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Yields: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins


  • Ice

  • 3 oz.


  • 2 oz.


  • 1

    splash soda water (about 1 oz.)

  • Orange slice, for serving


  1. Fill a wine glass with ice and refrigerate until glass is chilled, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water and gently stir to combine. Garnish with orange slice.

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