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3-2-1 Aperol Spritz Cocktail

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Aperol Spritz is the ultimate summer cocktail – refreshing, sparkling and oh so pretty. Citrusy and slightly bitter, with a nice sweet touch from the prosecco – follow the golden ratio to learn how to make it and you will be a pro in no-time.

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side view of an aperol spritz garnished with orange, with an orange nd some plastic flowers around it

Whether it’s a hot summer day in the Mediterranean, a beautiful snowy day in the Italian Alps or a rainy Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden – there’s one cocktail I will be reaching for before all else.

The Aperol Spritz.

With the perfect blend of sweet, fresh & bitter it’s all I could ever want from a cocktail. And I’m not alone – it seems to be the most popular drink all around these days.

To top it all off – it’s super easy to make. 3-2-1 is the magic ratio, and while I sometimes stray and add more Aperol – I always come back to this ratio. As easy to make for a crowd as for just one glass – no shaker or other bar gear necessary. Just pour, and sip.

Why you will love this 3-2-1 Aperol Spritz

  • The recipe is easy to remember – just remember 3-2-1 and you have it
  • The perfect balance between bitter Aperol and sweet Prosecco
  • The simple ratio makes it easy to make for a crowd – no matter how much you’re making, just go for 3-2-1

Ingredients needed for an authentic Aperol Spritz

You just need 3 essential ingredients to make an authentic Aperol Spritz:

  1. Prosecco – For a true to the roots Aperol Spritz, this is the sparkling wine you want. No cava, no champagne – Prosecco. The sweetness goes so well with the bitterness of the Aperol, it’s like they were made for each other. Now of course – if you prefer you can always use Cava or Champagne or another type of sparkling wine instead, but for a truly authentic Aperol Spritz, Prosecco is the name of the game.
  2. Aperol – This Italian aperitif is the star of the show.
  3. Soda water – Another type of unflavored sparkling water works as well.

For best results you will also need ice cubes and to make it pretty I suggest an orange slice and maybe a pretty straw as well.

How to make it

Making an aperol spritz is so easy, you will end up making it anytime you need a nice, refreshing cocktail.

collage showing how to make an aperol spritz
  1. Place ice cubes in a large wine glass
  2. Pour in 3 parts Prosecco
  3. Pour in 2 parts Aperol
  4. Pour in 1 part Soda water
  5. Garnish with a slice of orange and a pretty straw – and serve!
sidew view of an aperol spritz in front of bottles of prosecco, aperol and soda water and an orange

Expert tips & FAQ

  • Switch it up and find your own favorite version – do you like it better with a crisp champagne, or maybe cava? A bit more Aperol – or a bit less? A slice of lemon instead of orange?
  • Make it lower in alcohol by switching prosecco for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine – it’s still delicious.

Is Aperol Spritz keto friendly?
No, unfortunately not, as it contains too much sugar.

top down view of an aperol spritz garnished with orange and a straw, around it are an orange, a measure and some plastic flowers

Did you try it? Did you love it? Then leave a comment and a rating and let me know!

Now enjoy your Aperol Spritz – I know I will!

/Emmeline

side view of an aperol spritz garnished with orange, with an orange nd some plastic flowers around it

3-2-1 Aperol Spritz

5 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: Aperitif, Cocktails
Cuisine: Italian
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • ice cubes
  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol*
  • 1 parts Soda water
  • 1 orange slice optional
  • 1 straw optional

Instructions

  • Place ice cubes in a large wine glass and pour over the Prosecco, followed by the Aperol and the Soda water. Decorate with a slice of orange and a straw. Serve immediately!

Notes

Expert tips

  • Switch it up and find your own favorite version – do you like it better with a crisp champagne, or maybe cava? A bit more aperol – or a bit less? A slice of lemon instead of orange?
  • Make it lower in alcohol by switching prosecco for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine – it’s still delicious.
Is Aperol Spritz keto friendly?
No, unfortunately not, as it contains too much sugar.

Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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