What The Buzz: The Rise Of The Spritz

The Aperol Spritz cocktail is enjoying a surge of popularity.

Spritz for any season

If you think you’ve been seeing (and drinking) more Aperol Spritzes this year, you’re not wrong. There’s a reason this “official drink of summer” has seen a rise in popularity – and it’s all thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign by Campari. 

The Aperol Spritz is a three ingredient cocktail made of Aperol, prosecco and club soda. The aperitif, Aperol, which is produced by Gruppo Campari, reported double-digit growth in US Aperol sales during the first quarter of 2018.

According to Campari America’s marketing executive, Melanie Batchelor, Campari made a conscious effort to popularize the Aperol Spritz with Millennial and Generation Z drinkers. To do so they created “experiential events” like pop-ups in bigger, trend setting cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami. The bright, beautiful colors of the orange drink certainly made it Instagram and influencer friendly.

Italian Aperitivi and Digestif Drinks

A long standing tradition practiced throughout Italy, aperitivo is a time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. where the country pairs light drinks with complimentary snacks such as peanuts, potato chips, olives or charcuterie. 

Aperitifs are dry alcoholic beverages served to help to stimulate one’s appetite. Common Italian aperitivi ranges from a glass of prosecco to a negroni to a spritz. However, there are no hard and fast rules with aperitivi, it just has to be light and delicious.

After aperitivi, Italians typically return home to cook dinner or head out to a restaurant to continue dining.

Aperol Spritz

What Is a Spritz?

A spritz is a sparkling wine based cocktail made with prosecco, a bitter liqueur like Aperol, Campari or Cynar and club soda. Typically it’s served over ice with an orange slice garnish. 

What Is Aperol?

Aperol is a classic, bitter Italian apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb and cinchona. It has 11% alcohol content and has a vibrant orange hue. Its name derives from the Italian slang word for aperitif, apero.

Aperol Spritz Ingredients 

The Aperol Spritz is a three ingredient cocktail made of equal parts Aperol and prosecco, topped with a splash of club soda over ice. It is usually garnished with an orange slice.

How To Make An Aperol Spritz

Fill a wine glass with ice. Add 2oz prosecco and 2oz of aperol. Top with a splash of club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a slice of orange. 

Aperol Spritz Nutrition

There are 250 calories in a standard Aperol Spritz. 

  • 2oz Prosecco = 80 calories
  • 2oz Aperol = 170 calories
  • Club Soda = 0 calories

Spritz Cocktails For Any Season

While the classic Aperol Spritz is popular for the summer season, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a spritz all year round. Try swapping out Aperol for mezcal, Campari and Cynar for a seasonal spritz in fall, winter and spring respectively.

Aperol, Mezcal, Campari and Cynar Liquor Bottles


Aperol Spritz Recipe 

An Aperol Spritz is a quintessential drink for summer with its bitter orange and candy notes.  

Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2oz Prosecco
  • 2oz Aperol
  • Club Soda (to taste)
  • Orange slice (for garnish)
  • Ice 

Glassware

Tools

Instructions

Fill a wine glass with ice. Add 2oz prosecco and 2oz of aperol. Top with a splash of club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a slice of orange.


Smoked Autumn Mezcal Spritz Recipe

This smokey Spritz, made with Mezcal and Aperol, takes the summer favorite and infuses it with a fall breeze.

Smoked Autumn Mezcal Spritz Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1oz Aperol
  • 1oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Prosecco or Cava (to taste)
  • Smoked herbs (for garnish)
  • Grapefruit twist (for garnish)
  • Ice 

Glassware

Tools

Instructions

Fill a glass with ice, mezcal, aperol and sweet vermouth. Stir until chilled, then top with your sparkling wine of choice. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and smoked herbs.


Campari Spritz Recipe 

With notes of bitter orange, cinnamon and cherry, a Campari Spritz is the perfect drink to serve up for the winter and holiday season.

Campari Spritz Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2oz Prosecco
  • 2oz Campari
  • Club Soda (to taste)
  • Lemon peel (for garnish)
  • Green olives (for garnish)
  • Ice

Glassware

Tools

Instructions

Fill a wine glass with ice. Add 2oz prosecco and 2oz of Campari. Top with a splash of club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lemon peel and green olives.


Cynar Spritz Recipe 

With notes of artichoke and raisins, a Cynar Spritz packs a vegetal punch. Perfect for serving up during the spring primavera.

Cynar Spritz Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2oz Prosecco
  • 2oz Cynar
  • Club Soda (to taste)
  • Grapefruit slice (for garnish)
  • Ice

Glassware

Tools

Instructions

Fill a wine glass with ice. Add 2oz prosecco and 2oz of Cynar. Top with a splash of club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

 

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