Aperol Gin Spritz

We’ve all enjoyed an Aperol spritz, especially as a refreshing summer drink, although honestly I can drink them in any season. There’s just that little bit of bitter botanical quality in there that keeps me sipping, though not too botanical for me. It doesn’t taste like you’re drinking herbs.

Aperol is an orange Italian bitter liqueur made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients that seem to be secret. My first aperol spritz was at restaurant on the rooftop of Eataly in New York City. Our daughter had one, too. She’d been drinking these for years, of course! She’s way more hip than us.

I’ve since then made them at home, which is easy. Our favorite local bartender showed me how to make them, cause hers are perfect. In case you’ve never made one, here’s the recipe. I strongly feel that the squeezed orange slice is key.

Aperol Spritz
3-4 ounces Aperol
3-4 ounces Prosecco
1 orange slice, squeezed
Top off of club soda
Add ice and voila!

There’s a restaurant in Oklahoma City that I go to with my other daughter and sometimes grand kids, called Pizza Gusto. Their Stefano Ferarra pizza oven was hand-built in Naples, which is very cool. It’s a very casual and comfortable restaurant, with exceptionally good food. Their white cheese truffle pizza is incredible. And so is their Aperol gin spritz.

I’ve attempted to replicate it at home; the key is that it’s still spritzy, refreshing although a little more alcoholic, and a little orange-y. And I think I figured it out! For being the world’s worst bartender, I’m pretty proud of myself!

Aperol Gin Spritz
Makes one large drink

2 oz Aperol
2 oz gin
2 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz simple syrup
6 oz club soda
1/2 small orange
Orange slice, optional

Combine the Aperol, gin, lime juice and simple syrup in a 2 cup measuring container. Stir well, then pour into prepared glass. (I was going to use a shaker, but then I realized that it was unnecessary.)

Squeeze the orange half into the glass. Top with soda and add ice. You’re welcome for yet another attempt at a left hand pour!

Garnish the Aperol gin spritz with an orange slice, if desired.

Enjoy!

By Published On: July 13th, 202338 Comments on Aperol Gin Spritz

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

38 Comments

  1. Bernadette July 13, 2023 at 6:35 AM - Reply

    I will have to try. I really enjoy a gin based drink. Tanguerey makes an orange flavored gin.

    • Chef Mimi July 13, 2023 at 10:41 AM - Reply

      Oh interesting. Is it a real flavor? I despise the chemical flavors.

  2. Mary July 13, 2023 at 7:47 AM - Reply

    All I need is a nice sunny day which seem to have taken their leave!!

    • Chef Mimi July 13, 2023 at 10:40 AM - Reply

      Oh no! Well I hope they come back to you!

  3. Cynthia Woodman July 13, 2023 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    My daughter makes these all summer long after living in Florence last year! Delish!

    • Chef Mimi July 13, 2023 at 10:40 AM - Reply

      They really are so good and refreshing. My recipe also has gin in it.

    • Charlie DeSando July 13, 2023 at 6:36 PM - Reply

      we had a lot of aperol in Italy🇮🇹 recently

      • Chef Mimi July 14, 2023 at 10:28 AM

        I’m a bit jealous!

  4. angiesrecipes July 13, 2023 at 12:54 PM - Reply

    Such a refreshing and tasty drink!

    • Chef Mimi July 14, 2023 at 10:29 AM - Reply

      It really is! Perfect for summer.

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen July 13, 2023 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    I didn’t know about the rhubarb! This looks very refreshing.

    • Chef Mimi July 14, 2023 at 10:29 AM - Reply

      I didn’t either. Still don’t know the other weird ingredients!

  6. Sherry Mackay July 13, 2023 at 8:22 PM - Reply

    I haven’t had one of these for yonks. Yes I do agree that orange is the key here :)

    • Chef Mimi July 14, 2023 at 10:29 AM - Reply

      Yes – it adds flavor and cuts the bitterness slightly.

  7. Valentina July 14, 2023 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    This pretty cocktail is right up my alley and ideal for summertime. I’ve had a few varieties of an aperol spritz, and this one sounds excellent. :-) ~Valentina

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:35 PM - Reply

      Thanks! I love the traditional, but I love this one with gin as well!

  8. Debra July 14, 2023 at 6:37 PM - Reply

    What a refreshing cocktail, Mimi. I don’t have a lot of “go-to” cocktails when I entertain, and I think this looks like a beautiful summertime offering. I’m going to get the supplies and give it a try. :-)

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:34 PM - Reply

      I hope you like it! A traditional aperol spritz is good, too. If it’s too bitter, from the aperol, add a bit more orange juice.

  9. Pauline July 14, 2023 at 6:39 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had one of these but would love to in our Summer. The gin and lime juice would really bring it to the party. It’s such a pretty colour as well.

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:33 PM - Reply

      It is a pretty color! I think that’s part of the appeal!

  10. David Scott Allen July 14, 2023 at 6:55 PM - Reply

    I can’t wait to try this! Believe it or not, gin is on my shopping list for tomorrow. Somehow we ran out! Like you, I could drink an Apperal spritz any day of the year, but there’s some thing so much more summery about this one which combines the spritz with a gin and tonic. (And we are having summer in spades right now!)

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:33 PM - Reply

      Here, too. Although it’s bound to happen. It is July. August is bad, too. And humid. Oh well. I think you’ll love this version!

  11. Thao @ In Good Flavor July 14, 2023 at 8:52 PM - Reply

    This cocktail sounds refreshing and delicious!!

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:32 PM - Reply

      It was indeed both refreshing and delicious!

  12. neil@neilshealthymeals.com July 15, 2023 at 12:48 AM - Reply

    I’m not a fan of aperol spritz myself, but my other half Lynne loves it and it’s her favourite holiday drink. I’m sure she’d love this and it looks like the perfect summer garden cocktail for her!

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:32 PM - Reply

      Very nice! She’ll appreciate it, and it’s easy to make one at a time!

  13. Frank Fariello July 15, 2023 at 9:23 AM - Reply

    A *little* more alcoholic, lol!? That said, this sounds delicious. Perfect for this evening’s apertivo on the back porch.

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:31 PM - Reply

      Well, not SIGNIFICANTLY111

  14. Hannah Kaminsky July 16, 2023 at 7:37 AM - Reply

    I love a good aperol spritz! Definitely one of my go-to drinks when I see it on a menu. I’m iffy about gin, but of course it depends on the gin; with the right brand, I’d absolutely try it. I recently discovered Still Austin and loved their gin, so I’ll put this on the list for my next happy hour at home.

    • Chef Mimi July 16, 2023 at 3:54 PM - Reply

      Oooh, I’ll have to look for that!

  15. David @ Spiced July 17, 2023 at 5:55 AM - Reply

    Oh, this is one of our favorite afternoon cocktails on a hot summer day! We try to always keep the ingredients on hand. Oddly enough, the Campari version just doesn’t do it for us – Aperol all the way!

    • Chef Mimi July 17, 2023 at 11:49 AM - Reply

      I agree! Have you made them with gin?

  16. 2pots2cook July 18, 2023 at 4:08 AM - Reply

    It is one of my favourites! The heat is almost unbearable here and is seems to stay so we actually start living about 10:00 p.m. and look like zombies during the day! Is it Aperol or heat, who could tell ?!?!? :-)

    • Chef Mimi July 18, 2023 at 1:27 PM - Reply

      Hahahahahaha! I hope it cools down world wide soon.

  17. Elena July 18, 2023 at 1:33 PM - Reply

    Mimi! I am a huge fan of Aperol. I’ll give this a try with gin!

  18. Healthy World Cuisine July 20, 2023 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    I love this twist with the gin and citrus! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Need to try that asap – sounds so refreshing.

    • Chef Mimi July 21, 2023 at 8:11 AM - Reply

      It’s pretty much always 5 o’clock somewhere at my house! Hope you like it.

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