Traditionally made with Aperol, Prosecco, and club soda, the Aperol Spritz is a drink adored around the world. The Italian summer staple is sweet, bitter, and bubbly — light enough to cool you down, and tasty enough to please the palate with each sip.
Looking to update your beloved spritz? You’re in luck. These variations on Instagram’s favorite summer drink are easy enough to make at home. What are you waiting for? Check out our 12 favorite Aperol Spritz riffs below.
Looking for a mellow, easy-drinking spritz? With only two ingredients, this low-ABV cocktail is perfect for daytime sipping. Combine Lillet rosé and club soda to make this simple, easily customizable drink.
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For a drink that looks as pretty as it tastes, try out this recipe that combines tequila, prickly pear syrup, and lime juice. Shake, strain, top with Prosecco and club soda, and sip at sunset.
This soothing, spa-inspired spritz is the perfect pre-dinner drink. To make one, combine watermelon juice, tequila, aloe liqueur, grenadine, sparkling rosé, and lemon juice in a wine glass over ice. A mint garnish complements the sweet and botanical flavors of this pink aperitif.
Boozy brunch never tasted so sweet. This four-ingredient cocktail is the low-proof answer to your day-drinking needs, combining bitter Aperol with sweet strawberries, Prosecco, and soda water. Pair with an Italian cheese board or a pancake breakfast.
Aperol Spritz meets Tom Collins in this vegetal take on sparkling refreshment developed by bartender Tyler Zielinski. Add gin, celery root, rosemary, and cucumber to a French press, and infuse. Then, add vermouth, lemon juice, and grenadine to the mixture. Strain, and top with tonic water. This cocktail’s garden-inspired taste makes for a cooling companion to warm-weather backyard drinking.
This spritz combines two of summer’s favorite drinks: Rosé and Aperol Spritz. Rosé Aperitivo is swapped in for Aperol, and gin is added for an extra-boozy kick. Finally, lemon juice and blackberry soda add a fruity lift.
This unique variation adds mezcal to the mix, making for an herbaceous flavor profile that’s complemented by sweet Pamplemousse liqueur, bubbly Prosecco, and grapefruit zest. A few drops of citric acid add a lemony freshness to this well-rounded spritz riff.
Add some spice to your life. The deliciously unexpected combination of chili peppers and strawberries makes for a refreshing sipper. Just add serrano peppers, strawberry syrup, tequila, and lime juice to a shaker, and strain into a wine glass with ice. Top with club soda for bubbly texture — it’s what makes a spritz, a spritz.
Feeling bitter this summer? This drink might be your cure: gin, strawberry simple syrup, lemon juice, soda water, and bitters are combined for a berry tasty treat. Garnish with lemon peel and strawberries for a bright presentation (slash snack).
The key to making this sessionable spritz is balance. Italicus, an Italian liqueur, brings in a floral flavor, while Giffard pineapple brings in a tropical feel. Mix these ingredients with dry vermouth, citric acid solution, root beer bitters, and tonic water for a flavorful, tart, and fizzy cocktail.
The Blue Lagoon served in spritz form, made with a combination of vodka, blue curaçao, and lemon soda water, is sure to cure your summer blues. Garnish with an edible flower for an extra festive poolside libation.
Who said you had to wave goodbye to your winter spritz? This take on the Aperol Spritz combines lemon and tangelo juices, gin, and honey syrup for a citrusy flavor. Offset this drink’s acidity with a splash of Prosecco and a cherry garnish.