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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


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


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


  • 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!


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