The Aperol Spritz (3-2-1)
Simple Aperol Spritz Recipe (3-2-1)
We can’t stop drinking this aperol spritz. On a hot Summer weekend with friends, you can see empty bottles of our sparkling white wine lined up. Aperol spritz is a classic Italian sparkling drink that is bubbly, refreshing with a bite of orange that can keep you cool on a hot afternoon. You’re in for a real treat if you haven’t had one. We fell in love with this combination of sparkling wine, aperol and a splash of soda water.
Video: Italian Aperol Spritz
What’s the best ratio for Aperol spritz? 3-2-1
We call our recipe: The Aperol Spritz 3-2-1. This is a great classic starter ratio that you won’t ever forget.
- 3-parts Prosecco or dry sparkling white wine (not sweet)
- 2-parts aperol
- 1-part soda water or other bubbly
- You can easily adjust these ratios to your personal liking, but this is a great starting point for the easy to remember ratio: 3-2-1. This is also a well balanced ratio that isn’t too sweet, overly alcoholic, nor overly bitter.
Tips for Aperol Spritz Sparking White Wine Choice:
- Proseco is the classic sparkler in the traditional recipe but you can certainly use your sparkling white wine of choice. Choose one that isn’t too sweet, as the aperol already ads a balanced level of sweetness to the drink already. You don’t want to make it cloyingly sweet.
- Other Dry Sparkling White Wines: Cava and dry (Brut) Champagne or Champagne-style sparkling wines. Or go crazy and make it with a nice dry sparkling Rosé. Don’t waste the expensive bubbly on a cocktail, but use something that is as least good enough that you’d enjoy drinking it on its own.
- Make your first batch using our 3-2-1 ratio, then make your adjustments from there. If you like it less bitter, use less aperol. Want it with a little more kick, bump up the Prosecco, we won’t tell.
- Add a slice or two of fresh orange. This adds a touch of fresh orange aroma that really is lovely. And it doesn’t hurt to have a pretty garnish for your Instagram picture.
- Have you tried Topo Chico mineral water? It’s effervescent bubbles last for so long and doesn’t fizz out too quick for your aperol spritz.
- Need an aperol alternative: Here’s a great write up on Aperol alternatives. They go into all the fine details.
Favorite Tools and Tips for This Aperol Spritz Recipe:
- These champagne stoppers are great to help prolong the sparkling wine’ bubbly if you are just making them a few at a time. If you don’t have one, you need one.
- Want to know a little more about Aperol? Here’s the home of Aperol. Refinery29 also has this great explanation.
- Curious about Topo Chico? Learn about the legend here.
Diane and Todd
Aperol Spritz 3-2-1
- 3 oz. (90 ml) chilled Prosecco or any nice Sparkling Dry White Wine (Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, etc...)
- 2 oz. (60 ml) Aperol , chilled if possible
- 1 oz. (30 ml) Soda Water , chilled if possible
- optional - Orange Slices , for garnish
Prosecco is the traditional choice, as this is an Italian creation. Cava & Prosecco tend to be easier to find a more affordable price point & still be of good quality. If using Champagne, Brut styles tend to go best. Our general recommendation is to have fun, pop open a bottle that is pleasant to drink, but not so expensive that its merits get lost in a cocktail. We’ll usual stick with drier sparkling wines, otherwise it can quickly become too sweet. Note 2: Aperol Alternatives:
Here’s a great write up on Aperol alternatives. They go into all the great details.
More of our refreshing cocktail recipes:
- Our complete list of cocktails recipes here.
- Extensive whiskey guide
- Sangria time drinks for Summer.