Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe | Cocktail Hour

Known as ‘Spritz Veneziano’, or simply just ‘Spritz’ in Italy, Aperol Spritz has quickly become a much-loved drink outside of Italy over the last couple of years. Here in the UK, Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks ordered at the bar. So much so that it’d be quite the challenge to head to your local pub on a (albeit rare) sunny day in the UK and not spot the infamous bright orange spritz in someone’s hand. For me, it’s been a favourite drink for years, and it’s one that I make for myself all the time. A classic Aperol Spritz is made with Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water. However, for mine, I like to add a twist. Want to know what it is? Then keep reading.

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 cocktail recipe

Alright so, I mentioned that the way that I make an Aperol Spritz is slightly different to the classic recipe – and there’s a little story as to why. Whilst I love the bitter-sweet taste of a classic Aperol Spritz (Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water), sometimes I find the drink a little too sweet. So, for my take on an Aperol Spritz, I swap out Soda Water for Tonic Water. It helps to move the drink more to the bitter end of the bitter-sweet scale and, for me, it works.


  • 50 ml Aperol
  • 50ml Prosecco
  • 150ml tonicΒ (I use Fever Tree tonic)
  • Orange
  • Ice


Fill a glass halfway with ice. Add Aperol and the prosecco, then top up with the tonic water. Stir the drink so the Aperol is mixed in properly. Finish with a slice of orange.

Serves: 1 person

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There you have it, my take on the Aperol Spritz. Have you tried an Aperol Spritz before? Let me know your thoughts on the classic Aperol Spritz vs my take on it.

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38 thoughts on “Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe | Cocktail Hour

    1. 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 πŸ™‚ x

    1. Sometimes it’s nice to have something sweet but I do love my version with the tonic! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ x

  1. 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 πŸ™‚

    Nancy β™₯

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

    1. It’s such a great drink for Spring/Summer! Always makes me feel like I’m on holiday πŸ™‚ x

    1. 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 πŸ™‚ x

  2. 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

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

  3. 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

    1. 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

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

    1. 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! πŸ™‚ x

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