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Light Aperol Spritz

Sharon Palmer

If you’re looking for the cocktail du jour, then look no further than the Aperol Spritz. I first tried this light, refreshing alcoholic beverage in Pantelleria, a Sicilian Island in Italy, about 8 years ago. And last summer, while in South Tyrol, Italy, I enjoyed it again. Aperol Spritz is a drink born in Veneto, Italy, and it was typically served with small appetizers, like olives and sandwiches. One of the most quintessential Italian experiences is to enjoy a bright orange Aperol Spritz served in a tall wine glass on a hot day at an Italian café—especially if it involves looking out over the Mediterranean Sea! Cool and refreshing, this drink is a bit lighter in sugar and alcohol than many cocktails, and it is so refreshing.

This drink is all based upon Aperol, a liqueur that dates back to 1919 in Italy. It’s a bright orange liqueur made of bitter and sweet oranges, with herbs and roots added to the mix. It has 11% alcohol content. An Aperol Spritz is simply ice, Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and soda. In my lightened up version, I swap out soda for mineral water, and use a little less alcohol. Of course, it must be accompanied with an orange slice to give it that festive look. These oranges in my Aperol Spritz are from my very own orange tree at home.

You can get Aperol at many well-equipped liquor stores. Enjoy this cocktail around the pool, for brunch, for the holidays, and just about any old time you need your day brightened up a bit!  


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Light Aperol Spritz

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make your own lighter, refreshing version of an Aperol Spritz—the go-to, orange-based alcoholic drink in Italy.



  • 4 ice cubes
  • 3 ounces Prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine)
  • 1 ounce Aperol Liqueur
  • 2 ounces sparkling mineral water


  • Citrus wedge, maraschino cherry (optional)


  1. Pour ice cubes in a large wine glass.
  2. Pour over the ice 3 ounces Prosseco.
  3. Top with 1 ounce of Aperol.
  4. Top with 2 ounces of sparkling mineral water.
  5. Stir with a spoon.
  6. Garnish as desired; i.e., with a citrus wedge and maraschino cherry on a bamboo toothpick.
  7. Cheers!
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Italian, American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 9 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g

Keywords: summer drink, aperol spritz, how to make aperol spritz

For other lighter cocktail recipes check out some of my favorites:

Cucumber Herb Champagne Sparkler
Winter Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler

To read about how to enjoy alcohol in a healthy lifestyle, check out this blog.


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