Aperol Spritz: 3 Fun and Easy Takes

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Who said the Spritz is just for summer? Well, maybe the marketing team at Aperol, which Campari acquired in 2003… I say otherwise! Here are three fun and easy takes on the Aperol Spritz cocktail to get.

The Spritz is a low-ABV (low alcohol) drink that is lightly sweet and fizzy, with hints of citrus zest and herbal from the addition of Italian Aperitivo. The drink dates back to the 19th century when it was originally the Venetian Spritz. Thanks to the brilliant marketing of the Campari team, the Spritz today is all but synonymous with the Aperol brand.

For our new takes we’ll start with the basic 3:2:1 ratio of Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water and put a few spins on it. Whether you want a drink that is fresh and fizzy, sweet and smooth, or dry and fruity, I’ve got a great recipe for you. Best of all, it’s easy to mix and match all of these with just a couple extra ingredients on your shopping list. Why not try them all out with your friends and family and see which one they prefer?

Aperol Spritz with Spanish Cava.
Aperol Spritz with Spanish Cava.

Spanish Spritz

To start off we will make a spritz with Cava, a regionally protected sparkling wine from Spain. The difference may be subtle to those who are not versed in wines and the various grapes they come from (no judgement here, I can barely tell myself!).

I personally love Cava and find it a great cheap alternative to champagne for celebrating. It is fresh, crisp, and clean, offering hints of zest. This translates well to the Spritz, making it a crisp, refreshing mixed drink.

I got this idea from Behind the Bar, an up-and-coming YouTube channel which has both great beginners guides as well as masterclass tips and tricks. I was easily able to get the Freixenet mini bottle as you see above, which makes this recipe super accessible for me. Opening up your Spritz recipes to cava and other forms of sparkling wine gives you a lot more variety to work with.

Aperol Spritz with fresh orange juice.
Aperol Spritz with freshly squeezed orange juice.

Fresh Orange Spritz

If the bitter and herbal notes of Aperol are a little strong for you or your guests, this one may be the magic sauce. By cutting down on sparkling wine and adding freshly squeezed orange juice, we make the Spritz insanely easy to drink. It is sweet, smooth, and aromatic. We keep the same amount of Aperol, which already has notes of orange peel, to retain a citrusy punch while being very approachable.

I got this idea from Steve the Bartender, a well-known cocktail YouTuber who has a ton of ideas from basic recipes to elaborate takes on your favourite drinks. Check him out if you ever need cocktail inspiration!

Aperol Spritz with apple cider.
Aperol Spritz with apple cider and citrus fruit.

Apple Cider Spritz

Finally, here’s a great take for that swaps out bubbly for apple cider. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while but only recently was able to pick up a bottle of Aperol to try it. I’m so glad I did! Plus, I haven’t seen any blogs, social media posts, or videos from cocktail people talk about this combo. So, on this occasion, I’ll proudly claim it as my own!

I’m using Ardiel, an amazing Ontario craft cider made just a couple hours away from me. Cider makes the drink noticeably drier but also gives it notes of blossoming orchard fruit. I think it is the perfect early autumn sipper.

For this one, I decided to ditch oranges and go with lemon and lime instead. The crisp apple flavour works well with the more acidic citrus here, making it a remarkably balanced and refreshing drink. If you like this kind of flavour profile, you will also love my white wine sangria, which works similarly well by mixing apples, peaches, citrus, honey, and elderflower!

Aperol Spritz, a bright orange, low-alcohol cocktail, enjoyed on the rocks.
Wine glasses are definitely the standard, but no one said you can’t enjoy a nice spritz on the rocks either!
Three different takes on the Aperol Spritz, a light and refreshing orange liqueur.

Aperol Spritz: 3 Fun and Easy Takes

Fresh and fizzy Cava, sweet and smooth oranges, or dry and fruity apples all add a spark of magic to this famously refreshing drink.
Total Time 5 mins
Course Aperitif, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Canadian, Italian, Spanish
Servings 1 glass

Equipment

  • Stemmed wine glasses
  • Ice
  • Juicer for oranges
  • Bar spoon (or another long spoon)
  • Jigger or measuring cups

Ingredients
  

1. Spanish Spritz

  • 3 oz (90 ml) Cava or another Spanish sparkling wine
  • 2 oz (60 ml) Aperol
  • 1 oz (30 ml) soda water
  • 2 orange wheels to garnish

2. Fresh Orange Spritz

  • 2 oz (60 ml) Aperol
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Prosecco or just use Cava if you already have it!
  • 2/3 oz (20 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz (30 ml) soda water
  • 2 orange wheels to garnish

3. Apple Cider Spritz

  • 3 oz (90 ml) craft apple cider
  • 2 oz (60 ml) Aperol
  • 1 oz (30 ml) soda water
  • 2-3 each lemon and lime wheels to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place some small or cracked ice cubes in your stemmed glass.
  • Pour Aperol (and orange juice), stir for 15-20 seconds to help chill the liquid.
  • Add carbonated ingredients and stir again gently to mix flavours.
  • Garnish with orange or other citrus fruits as desired (inside or outside the glass – up to you). Enjoy!

Notes

I hope these recipes have encouraged you to think a little creatively about the Spritz. You’re not limited to the traditional prosecco, Cava, or cider. Trying a few of these will definitely help you to master the drink and experiment to find your ideal flavour.
Have you had an Aperol Spritz before? Let me know with a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe, and see a photo if you try it with a tag on Instagram @the.phil.osopher. I’d also love to hear thoughts on what other recipes and stories you’d like to see.
Keyword aperitivo, Aperol, apple, autumn, Cava, cider, fall, fresh, Italian, juice, low-ABV, orange, Prosecco, soda, Spanish, Spritz

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