Recipe for Aperol Spritz- Refreshing Drink on a Hot Day


This summer I’ve spent far too much time playing “this time last year I was...”. You know the game. Here we are at home, the sun is shining, and I just keep imagining that little restaurant in Bamberg where we spent an evening relaxing over drinks while people watching. And of course, to help cool down (there was a heat wave, after all) I ordered an Aperol Spritz.

Now, I know, Aperol Spritz is not “Typisch Deutsch“.


In the summertime, this refreshing drink is on the menu EVERYWHERE! Restaurants, Cafes, Eis Diele! You would be hard pressed to find a place that doesn’t serve it.

And you can’t miss it. It’s BRIGHT ORANGE! (almost artificially orange).

The Italians might have invented it, but just like Eis and Döner, the Germans recognized a good thing, made it theirs.

Yesterday I had enough of just dreaming… so I learned the recipe for Aperol Spritz, sat in a comfortable chair on the front porch, and cooled off as the sun went down.

And it was almost… but not quite… ALMOST… as good as being back at that cafe in Bamberg.

What is Aperol

Aperol is an aperitif, which means it’s good for your digestion (like Jaegermeister).  In it you will find Gentian, Rhubarb, and a few other secret herbs and florally things. Aperol has only half the alcohol (11%) as its cousin Campari,  so you will find it in a lot of summertime mixed drinks.

Also… it’s a REALLY VIBRANT ORANGE. Which might actually be part of the appeal. If you are walking past someone enjoying the drink, it will catch your eye.


recipe for aperol sprits

Recipe for Aperol Spritz

Ok, the recipe for Aperol Spritz isn’t exactly complex. Still, it’s nice to have it in your repertoire. That way, instead of just pouring a glass of wine on a hot day, you have something “fancy” for company.

recipe for aperol spritz

One quick tip!
Keep a few Piccolos of Prosecco on hand. That way you can mix up an Aperol Spritz any time without having to use an entire large bottle (or worse, have the extra go flat in your fridge). 

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Recipe for Aperol Spritz

The easiest way to remember is 3-2-1... 
Prosecco, Aperol, Sparkling Water
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Celebrating German Culture in America
Servings 1 person


  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce Sparkling Water
  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange or Tangerine for Garnish


  • Put a few Ice Cubes in your Glass (a wineglass looks nicest)
  • Add the Prosecco, Aperol and Sparkling water
  • Garnish with an Orange or Tangerine wheel
  • Ta DA!


If you want to smooth it out a bit (some people find Aperol to be a bit bitter), add more Prosecco. 
And if you want to lighten the alcohol content, add more sparkling water (keep in mind, this also dilutes the flavor).
I'm not a huge fan of ice, so three cubes is plenty for me... some people like to fill the glass with ice.
Have fun with it! 

recipe for aperol spritz

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One thought on “Recipe for Aperol Spritz- Refreshing Drink on a Hot Day

  1. Good Morning Karen, It always make you feel better when you upgrade your workplace… I will try to make the Aperol Spritz, it sound great and I love the Barenjager drink, it is SO smooth and sweet going down, it could be habit forming. Ha dear, love your post. Well, you take care, be safe, love always….R.

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