Aperol Spritz: My Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

An Aperol Spritz is one of those cocktails that pretty much everyone will have heard of. After it became massively trendy over the last few years or so, I think it’s fair to say that most of us will have tried it at some point. For me, it’s been a favourite drink for years, and it’s one that I make for myself most weekends. Because of its popularity, I was wondering whether or not to share my Aperol Spritz recipe with you. But, then I realised that my version of the classic cocktail actually has a bit of a twist on the original Aperol Spritz recipe. So I thought why not share it with you anyway? Keep reading to uncover my (not so) secret twist on the drink.

What is Aperol?

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the drink, Aperol is a type of Italian aperitif. It’s a reddish, orange colour and is typically used as a go-to liquor for spritzes. Sitting at 11% ABV (alcohol by volume), Aperol is a great lower alcohol liquor that has a lovely citrusy yet bitter taste to it. Aperol themselves describe the drink as bittersweet and made up of an infusion of oranges, herbs and roots.

Aperol Spritz cocktail with Fever Tree Tonic, Prosecco and a garden background.

Aperol Spritz: My Take on an Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Alright so, I mentioned at the beginning that the way that I make an Aperol Spritz is slightly different to the classic recipe, and I’ll tell you why. I’ve always found it crazy that people think that an Aperol Spritz is sometimes too bitter for them. For me, it’s actually often too sweet! So one of the main differences in my take on an Aperol Spritz is that I use tonic rather than soda water to add an extra bit of bitterness. And this is how I do it…

Ingredients

50ml Aperol

50ml Prosecco

150ml tonic (I use Fever Tree tonic)

Slice of orange, for the garnish

Plenty of ice

Aperol Spritz cocktail with Fever Tree Tonic, Prosecco and a garden background.

Method

Fill half of your glass with ice (I normally go for a balloon-style glass)

Add the Aperol and the prosecco into the glass

Top up with the tonic water

Stir the drink so that the Aperol is mixed in properly

Finish with a slice of orange

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There you have it, my take on the Aperol Spritz. It really is such a great afternoon drink that can be enjoyed on a lovely warm day. Because of it’s low alcohol percentage it’s a light drink that you can sip on throughout the afternoon without worrying about overdoing it. Have you tried an Aperol Spritz before? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think it’s bitter or, like me, do you find it to be more of a sweet drink?

Female Original

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38 Comments

  1. Emma
    May 15, 2020

    I love an Aperol spritz – they remind me so much of summer and being on holiday!

    http://www.thginkcm.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      They definitely have a Summer holiday vibe to them! 🙂 x

      Reply
  2. Jaya Avendel
    May 15, 2020

    Love the color of this, and the hints of bittersweet is has. I bet that orange gives a nice contrast in the flavors!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      The bittersweet taste is delicious! x

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  3. Hannah Louise
    May 15, 2020

    I’m one of them people that think it’s too bitter hahah determined to try and get into though because Aerpol always looks so tasty!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      Well I guess this recipe isn’t for you haha! You could always try the usual recipe (with soda water) and then add a squeeze of orange juice into it for extra sweetness 🙂 x

      Reply
  4. I never heard of these before I came to Italy, but they are absolutely amazing! I agree with you that they can be too sweet, but still delicious!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      Sometimes it’s nice to have something sweet but I do love my version with the tonic! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

      Reply
  5. Mark Crone
    May 16, 2020

    Looks like a great cocktail to try, I’m in. Thanks for sharing,

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      It’s a great recipe! Thanks for reading x

      Reply
  6. Nancy
    May 16, 2020

    Oooh! I love Spritz! I am a big fan of fizzy drinks and this is one of them! I like the mix – especially with prosecco, hehe. You can really get creative with making cocktails! Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      Spritz’s are the best! You can’t go wrong with a bit of prosecco haha x

      Reply
  7. Sakshi Raina
    May 16, 2020

    Never had this before but after reading this post, I’m so craving a drink. I need to make this right now! 😀

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      You should definitely try it next time you get the chance! It’s such a lovely Spring/Summer drink x

      Reply
  8. Lauren Kenny
    May 16, 2020

    Love this! Aperol spritz is definitely one of my favourites too xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      It’s such a great drink for Spring/Summer! Always makes me feel like I’m on holiday 🙂 x

      Reply
  9. Anika
    May 16, 2020

    This post made seriously crave a cocktail, especially in the sun. Lovely photos!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      It’s the perfect “afternoon in the sun” drink! x

      Reply
  10. Jenisha
    May 16, 2020

    I would love try it. It look tasty. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  11. Lucy
    May 16, 2020

    I’ve honestly never heard of Aperol before! This sounds like a delicious cocktail Faye x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      Ooh you have to try it! It’s such a great drink x

      Reply
  12. Sophie Wentworth
    May 16, 2020

    I’m not that keen on a regular Aperol Spritz but I’d be keen to give your version a go. Sometimes the slightest little change can totally transform a drink x

    Sophie

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  13. Carly
    May 17, 2020

    I’ve actually never tried an Aperol Spritz! I’m a G&t girl so will probably like this a lot!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 17, 2020

      Ooh you have to try it! If it’s the bitterness of a G&T that you like then I’m sure you’ll like my version of an Aperol Spritz too 🙂 x

      Reply
  14. Kelly
    May 17, 2020

    I’m not the biggest Prosecco lover but Aperol might just make me enjoy it. Will have to try some when the bars in town reopen!x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      I definitely think the orange flavour of the Aperol is the strongest flavour in the spritz so you might enjoy it! x

      Reply
  15. Emily
    May 17, 2020

    I love an Aperol Spritz! Yours looks so refreshing and has made me want one! Two years ago this week I was in Italy drinking a lot of these so I might have to make one to remember that holiday haha

    Puttheworldtowrites.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      They’re definitely a favourite drink of mine! I love the added bitterness from the tonic in this recipe. An aperol will definitely help bring Italy to your home haha x

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  16. L
    May 17, 2020

    This looks delish! Will definitely be giving this a try next Friday!
    L x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      It’s dreamy! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 x

      Reply
  17. Heather
    May 17, 2020

    I’ve had an aperol spritz at restaurants but never made it myself. I plan on trying this recipe!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      I love the extra bitterness of my recipe – I hope you enjoy it 🙂 x

      Reply
  18. I’m not familiar with this cocktail, but it does sound really good. I like sipping a light drink on a lovely spring/summer afternoon. I’d love to try this one. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 18, 2020

      It’s such a lovely drink – definitely idea for a sunny afternoon. I hope you enjoy it! x

      Reply
  19. Journal of a Gemini
    May 18, 2020

    This sounds very refreshing! I will have to try out this recipe next time it is sunny in the UK!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 19, 2020

      It’s lovely and refreshing! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 x

      Reply
  20. I also feel the traditional drink is too sweet and I love tonic! I’ll definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      May 13, 2021

      Sometimes I’m really in the mood for the classic version but my go-to will always be my bitter tonic twist. I hope you enjoy trying it out! 🙂 x

      Reply

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