Aperol Spritz: Toast to the bright refreshment any time of the year

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While Raimondo Ricci might have created the Aperol Spritz to offer a respite from the Italian summer heat, the simple cocktail is more than just a warm weather refresher. The combination of effervescence and a duality of flavors makes this beverage a popular choice any time of the year. From a pre-dinner cocktail to an afternoon sipper, it is time to open a bottle and raise a glass to the aperitivo that delivers a delightful taste every time.

Although the vibrant color calls from a distance, it is more than just a colorful cocktail. That bright orange hue is a sign to toast to the good life. From good times to reconnecting with friends, that first cocktail is an invitation to enjoy the moment.

Given that Aperol is the main ingredient in this cocktail, that flavor takes center stage in the white wine glass. The sweet yet slightly bitter flavor has a lovely balance. The orange is zesty while the herbs are robust. It awakens both the palate and the mind of what will come.

While slightly simple in its cocktail form, the Aperol Spritz does have a depth of flavor from the Aperol. From being enjoyed on its own, paired with an overflowing cheese board or even a simple bowl of nuts, the cocktail’s versatility lends itself to its popularity. No matter the occasion or reason, it is time to pour and sip one.

Here’s how to make the “official” Aperol Spritz.


  • Fill a white wine glass with ice
  • Pour 3 parts of Prosecco D.O.C. (9cl)
  • Followed by 2 parts of Aperol (6cl)
  • And 1 splash of soda (3cl)
  • Garnish with an orange slice

Made in the glass, there are no additional items required. It keeps the conversation and the good times flowing because no one is stuck behind the bar.

Also, use care when picking the Prosecco and soda. Not all sparkling wines and sodas are the same. The key to this cocktail is the balance of flavors. No one wants this cocktail to be too sweet. Just like any ingredient, care can make for a better final product.

Lastly, this cocktail is low in alcohol. While that statement does not mean that copious amounts should be drunk, it does make for easier drinking. After all, no one wants those moments of joy to fade because they want to take a nap.

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Ready to add some vibrancy to your cocktail hour? When was the last time you enjoyed an Aperol Spritz?