Italian Aperol Spritz is a refreshing drink that is commonly served in the northern part of Italy, especially in Venice. This drink is also called Spritz Veneziano or just Veneziano). Many Venetian towns had their own specific version of this drink. In the last decade, the Aperol Spritz with Prosecco has become the most popular type served in Italy. To date, this drink is hardly known in the United States.
The Spritz cocktail is drunk all day in Italy in their caffe shops, ostari, and in bakeries. Because this drink is low in alcohol, it is a great way to start your meal, as it is a digestive drink that whets the appetite. In Venice, it is simply called a “spreetz.” Making the Aperol Spritz is very easy to make, and it is also worth experimenting with to determine proportions that suit your own taste.
Check out my daughter’s adventures in Italy where she first tasted this outstanding Italian Aperol Spritz Cocktail: Italian Adventures.
- Ice cubes (approximately 3 or 4)
- 2 to 3 ounces Prosecco or any sparkling wine
- 1 1/2 ounces Aperol*
- Splash of soda water, sparkling water, mineral water, or Club Soda
- Orange wedge or slice
- Green olive (optional)
Fill a glass (highball glass or white wine glass) 1/4 full with ice cubes (you want to chill the drink and not water it down). Pour in the Prosecco and then top with Aperol.
Add the soda water. Stir gently until mixed.
Garnish with an orange slice (either add slice of orange, twisting to release some juice and placing in the glass or simply use orange slice as garnish). S ome places add a green olive (your choice).
Makes 1 serving.
* Aperol is an Italian orange liqueur. It has become Italy’s most popular light spirit. Aperol Spritz is one of the lightest cocktails in the world having only 7 to 8% alcohol by volume
Source: Photos were taken by my daughter, Nancy Hartman, on her Italian vacation in 2010.