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Italy’s Refreshing Aperitif Recipe: The Aperol Spritz

AAA member choice vacations shares a recipe for this Italian cocktail

The Aperol Spritz, a wine-based cocktail, is citrusy, light and perfect for helping to create a lively dinner atmosphere. Aperol was invented by the Barbieri brothers in Padova in 1919, and the Spritz became an en vogue option for women looking for a low-alcohol cocktail. The Aperol Spritz has seen a resurgence in Italy where the bubbly drink is most enjoyed during the apertivo hour. Enjoy a glass before a fantastic Italian meal.


  • 3 ounces of Aperol
  • 2 ounces of sparkling dry wine (like Prosecco)
  • 1 ounce of seltzer water
  • Orange slice for garnish


  • Fill a wine or lager glass with ice.
  • Add the Aperol, Prosecco and sparkling water and stir until well chilled.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and serve immediately.