Classic Aperol Spritz

If you have never tried spritz, now is a good time to start. Quintessentially Venetian, spritz is highly refreshing and extremely (dangerously) easy to drink, but also very convivial and perfect for those long aperitivi spent in some lively piazzas before heading to a late dinner.

A bit of backstory. It all started as a glass of white wine, watered down by sparkling water to cut on the alcohol content; and it then evolved until it became what it is today: a mix of Aperol or Campari, prosecco (or dry white wine), and a drop of soda, all served with ice.

Spritz is great on its own but it pairs well with salty snacks –  olives, crisps, or some small nibbles like cicchetti (Venetian tapas of sorts).

Classic Aperol Spritz

The classic recipe
2 parts Aperol
3 parts good prosecco, chilled
a splash of soda
1 slice of orange
ice cubes

Place 5-6 ice cubes in a tumbler glass. Pour the liquor first, then add prosecco and soda and stir to combine. Serve immediately with a slice of orange.



  1. Emiko June 17, 2013

    I just love that peachy-orange glow of a spritz! The spritz has a special place in my heart actually, as they remind me of when I first met Marco. They are his all-time favourite drink. They also make me think of Venice, which occupies a little (or rather large) spot in my heart too – I love nothing more than sitting in a campo or down some skinny laneway with bright orange drink in hand, a few big, green olives to munch on, now that's the start of a great evening! The fact that they are soooo cheap in Venice too makes it criminal not to have a few more than you normally would elsewhere – in Florence they're at least double (sometimes triple) the price and in Melbourne, sadly, they're nearly 7 times the price! So owners of a bottle of Aperol we are too 😉

  2. Juls @ JulsKitchen June 17, 2013

    Ok, time to confess. I had my first spritz in a bar in Siena about 2 months ago, followed by a lot of food because you know I barely can stand a sip of alcohol. I agree with you, it was easy to drink, really enjoyable even by a soft drink person as I am, and it made me completely tipsy! Anyway I enjoyed it and I already had a second trial a few days ago… I am really looking forward to sharing one with you in Venice soon!

  3. thelittleloaf June 18, 2013

    Spritz is my all time favourite celebration drink – my parents have a house in Italy and it reminds me of holidays, birthdays, family and happy times! I just wish it wasn't quite so expensive in the UK – it costs more in pounds than it does in euros in our local town!


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