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Home FAQ About Spritz

About Spritz

How much soda water should you use in an Aperol Spritz?

Traditionally it’s a splash, but you can add however much you like. It’s easy to judge by keeping an eye on the color.

Does Aperol Spritz use club soda?

Yes. We recommend a premium club soda. Although this can be replaced with sparkling water if you don’t have any soda. If you want something a little different, you can use tonic water. But that really changes the flavor profile.

Can I make Aperol Spritz with sparkling wine?

Yes, you can replace the prosecco with a sparkling white wine of a similar profile. However, prosecco is the original ingredient and is particularly good at showcasing Aperol’s best attributes. The fizz brings life to its citrusy aromas, while the sweetness pairs perfectly with the bitter notes.

Can I make Aperol Spritz with prosecco?

Yes, prosecco is a key ingredient of an Aperol Spritz which is three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, one part soda.

What’s the difference between a Campari Spritz and an Aperol Spritz?

By its very nature, making an Aperol Spritz with Campari makes it a Campari Spritz! The recipe remains the same, simply swapping Aperol for Campari: 75ml prosecco, 50ml Campari, a 25ml splash of soda. It will taste slightly different to a traditional Aperol Spritz, with a heavier weighting on the bitter elements, but it’s a delicious alternative. 

When is considered Aperol Spritz season?

While Aperol Spritz embodies the bright summer season, you can enjoy a tipple any time. Just make sure it’s in good company. 

Can you order an Aperol Spritz at a bar?

Yes. And you won’t be alone if you do. According to the Drinks International 2021, it’s ranked 9th in the world’s most sold cocktails.

Is Aperol Spritz French?

No. While Aperol Spritz is a popular cocktail in France – and everywhere! – it was devised in Italy. 

How many Aperol Spritz can you make with a bottle of prosecco?

Depending on the market and bottle size on average you can get between 6 and 8 Aperol Spritz from one bottle of prosecco. 

Can you make an Aperol Spritz with white wine?

Yes, you can replace the prosecco with sparkling white wine of a similar profile, or if you’d prefer a less fizzy alternative, you can replace the prosecco with non-fizzy wine. However, prosecco is the original ingredient and is particularly good at showcasing Aperol’s best attributes.

How many standard Aperol Spritz do you get from an Aperol bottle?

Depending on the market and bottle size on average you can get between 10 and 12 Aperol Spritz from one bottle of Aperol. 

Is Aperol Spritz Italian?

Yes. Aperol Spritz is an Italian cocktail. Aperol was founded by the Barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy in 1919, and 30 years later Aperol Spritz become a popular drink in fashionable Venice. The epitome of Italian aperitivo, Aperol Spritz is perfect for those light-hearted, joyous moments ahead of a meal, with friends and family by your side. Find out more about the history of Aperol Spritz here

Is Aperol Spritz bitter?

Aperol Spritz has a complex flavor comprised of Aperol’s bittersweet profile, and the lively brightness of dry prosecco.

Is Aperol Spritz a summer drink?

While the light, bright Aperol Spritz embodies the sunny summer season, you can enjoy a tipple any time. Just make sure it’s in good company. 

Is Aperol Spritz a cocktail?

Yes, it is one of Italy’s most famous cocktails. In fact, according to Drinks International 2021, it’s ranked 9th in the world’s most sold cocktails.

How many ml of Aperol in an Aperol Spritz?

There’s 50ml of Aperol in a standard International Bar Association approved glass of Aperol Spritz. The whole recipe is 75ml prosecco, 50ml Aperol and a 25ml splash of soda water.

Who invented Aperol Spritz?

Luigi and Silvio Barbieri created Aperol in 1919, and by the 1950s it was widely being mixed with prosecco and soda; the Aperol Spritz we know and love today. No one person has been credited with inventing it, but it’s believed that Spritzes in general started in the 1800s. Austrian soldiers in Venice found local tipples too harsh, so diluted it with a dash of soda water, or ‘spritzen’.

How do you cut orange for a glass of Aperol Spritz?

We suggest a slice of orange rather than a wedge. To cut a slice, follow these steps: 1. Wash the orange and cut off the ends  2 Using a pairing knife, cut ¼ inch round slices 3 Cut the round slices in half and remove the seeds  4. One or two slices is a standard, but you can add as many as you like 5. Enjoy!

Can you use cava in an Aperol Spritz?

Yes, but we’d recommend a cava on the drier end of the scale, to bring out the best of Aperol’s flavor profile.

When do you drink Aperol Spritz?

As an apéritif, Aperol is traditionally enjoyed before food. The original Aperol ritual began in local Venetian bars, or ‘bàcari’, where everyone gathered to enjoy good food, conversation, music and Aperol Spritz. Soon this ‘Venetian way of life’ spread worldwide, and now everyone can enjoy this quintessential aperitivo moment, any time, any place, all year long.

Do you put ice in an Aperol Spritz?

Yes, put plenty of ice into your Aperol Spritz. It sounds odd, but the more ice, the less diluted your drink will become. Why? Because the overall temperature of the drink becomes cooler, so the ice takes longer it takes to melt. Cool, huh?

Can you make an Aperol Spritz with sparkling water?

Yes, if you don’t have any soda, you can create an equally delicious Aperol Spritz with sparkling water. 

What is the ratio of Aperol to prosecco in an Aperol Spritz?

Just remember 3-2-1, go! Three parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 part soda. That equates to 75ml of prosecco, 50ml of Aperol and a 25ml splash of soda water, according to the International Bartenders Association.

When was Aperol Spritz invented?

In the 1950s Aperol’s home of Veneto was fast becoming a European hub of chic and fittingly the Aperol Spritz was born; a sparkling spin on the Aperol that was invented over 30 years before. Soon, it had spread its way throughout Northern Italy and made its way to the world stage, earning ‘spritz’ a place on the International Bartender Association’s list, with Aperol as a listed ingredient.

How much Aperol should I put in my Spritz?

According to the International Bartenders Association, there should be 50ml of Aperol in a standard Aperol Spritz. The whole recipe is three parts (75ml) prosecco, two parts (50ml) Aperol and one part (25ml splash) soda water.

What soda is best for Aperol Spritz?

A premium club soda is preferable, but if you don’t have any, then sparkling water is the next best thing. The carbonation of soda adds an extra layer of bubbles to the drink. It adds a freshness and fizz without disrupting the ingredients with any additional flavor.   

When did Aperol Spritz became popular?

Aperol first became popular in the 1950s, when its home of Veneto saw an emerging cafe culture with more people eating out than ever before. These aperitivo moments perfectly paved the way for the Aperol Spritz. It was further popularized when the region’s capital, Venice, began serving it in local bars – or ‘bacari’ – and displaying Aperol posters, further spreading its lifestyle message and iconic branding. Today, it’s seen a boost in popularity largely due to social media, and the vibrant way of life that Aperol Spritz represents. Not to mention its beautifully Instagrammable orange aesthetic!

What food goes with Aperol Spritz?

Venetian ‘cicchetti’ are bold and flavorsome nibbles designed to complement the aperitivo moment before a meal, and are inextricably linked with Aperol Spritz. Served any time, any place, where the company’s fun and the vibe’s upbeat. Some of the most popular cicchetti are meatballs, sardines in saòr, salted cod, and vovetto (boiled egg with salted anchovies). Read more about cicchetto here.

Is Aperol Spritz sweet?

Aperol Spritz has a light taste that’s more bittersweet than sugary sweet. The prosecco complements the citrus and herbal elements of the Aperol, and the prosecco’s and soda water’s bubbles give the cocktail and overall refreshing zing.

How do you make an Aperol Spritz without prosecco?

You can always include cava, or sparkling white wine instead of prosecco, as long as it has a similar taste profile and dryness. 

What glass should you serve an Aperol Spritz in?

No authentic Aperol Spritz experience is complete without the iconic glass designed by Luca Trazzi. Inspired by the unmistakable curve of the Aperol bottle, if you look carefully, the glass is the exact profile of the bottle neck, turned upside down. Of course, if you don’t have one yet, you can buy one online. Until then, a tall balloon or large wine glass works well. 

How many Aperol Spritz can you get per bottle?

Depending on the market and bottle size on average you can get between 10 and 12 Aperol Spritz from one bottle.

Where does Aperol Spritz come from?

In the 1950s Aperol’s home of Veneto was fast becoming a European hub of chic, with a fashionable set socializing more than ever before. And so, the Aperol Spritz was born; a sparkling spin on the Aperol that was invented over 30 years before. It’s thought that Spritzes in general originated in the 1800s, when Austrian soldiers in Venice added a dash of soda – or ‘spritzen’ – to dilute the local wine, which they found too strong.

What is the best prosecco for Aperol Spritz?

We'd recommend using a brut prosecco, which is drier and less sweet than others. This is so your Aperol Spritz maintains its bittersweet perfection, rather than being too sweet.

How do you pronounce Aperol Spritz?

It rolls off the tongue as App-er-oll Sp-ritt-s.

What does an Aperol Spritz taste like?

Aperol Spritz is a refreshing, sophisticated and well-rounded cocktail with a bittersweet flavor profile, thanks to its infused blend of aromatic herbs, roots, wood and fruits including citrus oil. The zing of prosecco and soda perfect this crisp and cool and colorful cocktail.

How do you make an Aperol Spritz?

3-2-1, go! The perfect International Bartenders Association approved Aperol Spritz is three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, one part soda water. Which, if you’re measuring, equates to 75ml of prosecco, 50ml of Aperol, 25ml splash of soda water. If you’re not measuring, simply judge it by the strength of color. Serve in a tall balloon or large wine glass – or better still, one of our iconic glasses by Luca Trazzi – and garnish with a slice of fresh orange to bring out the drink’s zesty flavors. If you’re going super traditional, you could add an olive. Their salty and umami flavors counterbalance the bittersweetness of the Aperol. A match made in Venetian heaven! Top tip: Pouring prosecco directly onto cold ice knocks the fizz out of it, so it’s best to add the ice at the end. It’s also a good idea to keep all the ingredients in the fridge before you use them, to add that extra cool crispness and ensure you drink stays colder, longer. 

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