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…


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.


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?

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38 thoughts on “Aperol Spritz: My Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

    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 🙂 x

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

    Nancy ♥

    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 🙂 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 🙂 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! 🙂 x

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