Best Summer Cocktail – Aperol Spritz

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Looking for one of the Best Summer Cocktails?!  If so, you should try what the Italians call “Summer in a Glass!”

aperol spritz

My first introduction to the Spritz was last May in Milan, Italy. The second night there we looking for a table worthy of people watching to have cocktails in the Navigli Grande.  Once we found the spot, we noticed everyone was drinking an orange cocktail on ice with a slice of orange in it so we proceeded to follow their lead. Our cocktail waitress told us it was an Aperol Spritz so we gave it a shot and immediately fell in love with it.  She mentioned that you could replace the Aperol with Campari, Cynar, or Gran Classico for a different flavor. After my first round with Aperol, I switched to the Campari Spritz and it became my Spritz of choice. I probably should have tried the other options too, but never got around to them. Julianne stuck with the Aperol and I stayed with the Campari Spritz.  We basically Spritz’s our way around Italy!

aperol spritz campari spritz

Here are the ingredients you need to make your Spritz:


Aperol or Campari


Soda Water

Orange Wedge

Wine Glass (I personally prefer to put them in a Brandy Snifter because I like a glass with a lower center of gravity.  A highball glass would also be a good substitute)


  1. Fill your glass with ice
  2. Add 1 ¼ oz of Aperol or Campari (no one will complain if you get 2 oz in there)
  3. Add 2 oz of Prosecco (pro tip:  I buy the small bottles 187ml if there is only going to be a few of you so you don’t have to open a large bottle)
  4. Add a splash of Soda water
  5. I normally use a spoon and give it a gentle swirl
  6. Garnish with an orange wedge

Here is a how to video on making the Spritz!

One very important thing to note is the alcohol content between the Aperol and Campari are not the same, which I didn’t know it until much later.  Aperol is 11% alcohol and Campari is 20.5-28% alcohol which makes a huge difference because they go down pretty easily on a hot day. I wondered why after two Spritzes, Julianne wasn't feeling much of anything and I was a little more, shall we say, contento!


Enjoy the Spring and Summer warm weather and let me know which version of the Spritz you like!


Chin, Chin!

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