Today I’m showing you how to make a classic Italian cocktail from the northern region that my family is from: this simple Aperol Spritz! t’s just 3 simple ingredients and requires no prep work and no fuss!

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This Spritz drink is the last of the classic cocktails that I’m sharing for cocktail week but it’s easily one of my favorites! Despite my Italian heritage, I’m relatively new to the aperitif which is a pre-dinner cocktail meant to stimulate the appetite. Truthfully, I find myself drinking this before, during AND after dinner on many nights :D

Aperol Spritz is a type of aperitif made up 3 simple ingredients: Prosecco, Aperol, and a splash of sparkling soda/ water.

orange cocktail in a wine glass on a marble backdrop with oranges all around

There are several different ways to make this cocktail but today we’re going to stick with the most basic and classic way!

How to make an aperol spritz:

Next to the White Russian recipe that I shared yesterday, this is the easiest cocktail on my blog! It’s a simple matter of stirring together these 3 ingredients:

  • Aperol (this can be found at most liquor stores)
  • Prosecco (this is most traditional but another sparkling white wine could work)
  • Sparkling water/ soda water (I often use an orange flavored sparkling water)

Directly in your wine glass, mix together the 3 ingredients, add ice, and ENJOY! SUPER simple and I love it for that. It makes it a great cocktail to throw together quickly and drink while you’re making dinner.

orange cocktail in a wine glass on a marble backdrop with oranges all around and a bottle of aperol in the background

How many calories in an Aperol Spritz:

This seems to be one of the most commonly asked questions so I figured that I would address it. I have a nutritional label down below in the recipe card but I’ll break it down briefly here:

While the water/ soda in this cocktail has zero calories, the prosecco has roughly 65 calories and the aperol has about 135 for a total of 200 calories per cocktail. The overall taste is light and refreshing but the aperol does have a decent bit of sugar in it so I wouldn’t consider this a low calorie drink.

orange cocktail in a wine glass on a marble backdrop with oranges all around and a bottle of aperol in the background


See how to make the Aperol Spritz here:

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Classic Aperol Spritz

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


This 3 ingredient cocktail is a traditional Italian drink that everyone will love!


  • 3 oz Prosecco (or other sparkling white wine)
  • 2 oz Aperol*
  • Good splash (about 1 ounce) of sparkling water or soda water
  • orange wheels for garnish*
  • ice


  1. In a glass, mix together all of the ingredients and ENJOY!


*you can find this at most liquor stores!

*I also love this with blood orange when those are in season

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: cocktail
  • Method: stirring
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 249
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 3.9 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: cocktail recipe, italian cocktail, aperol cocktail, aperol sprtiz