How to Make an Aperol Spritz

Published ~ April 6th, 2021 | Updated ~ April 6th, 2021
Author ~ Riley Taylor
Tags ~ Aperitif |

Sometimes, a cocktail is greater than the sum of its parts. And, in my opinion, that is definitely the case with an Aperol Spritz.

I'm relatively new to the bitter spirit game. So much so that I thought aperitifs and Amari were different classifications of spirits.

I've since learned that Amari is a bitter spirit classification, and one would often consume these spirits as an aperitif before a meal or a digestif after a meal.

Aperol Spritz Recipe


  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 1 oz Soda Water


  1. Put all ingredients into a wine glass
  2. Add ice
  3. Slightly stir
  4. Garnish with orange slice

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I've only tried two Amari, to the best of my knowledge. Campari and Aperol.

The one thing I do know for sure is that I'm not a fan. My first taste of a bitter cocktail was a Negroni, and that was almost painful.

I know that bitter spirits are supposed to open up the palate and prepare your taste buds for whatever comes next.

And, I guess, to some extent, it did that because I was absolutely ready to taste something, anything, else after that first sip.

So when Carl told me that he found a cocktail, I might enjoy using Aperol, I was skeptical at best.

Then when he informed me there were only three ingredients, I almost laughed at him. Especially when he listed them:

Aperol, prosecco, and soda water. I do not like the first, I'm not a fan of the second, and the third is flavorless. How is this cocktail supposed to be good?

But I humored him and agreed to make one for this video.

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