Aperol Spritz

So…what do you think?  You like the new digs?  I sure hope so because my web designer, Brooke, with Smitten Designs, and I have been working hard to get this all put together.  I wanted my blog to reflect the bright, fun food I like to make, as well as my love of comforting and entertaining those I love.  I think she did an amazing job.  Hopefully you think the same.  

To celebrate, I’m hosting a week long cocktail party!  I’ll be posting a new recipe every day this week–two cocktails, one non-alcoholic beverage, and a small handful of appetizers for you and your guests to nosh on.  With the exception of today’s drink, something I feel in love with in Venice, all the recipes come from Williams-Sonoma’s Cocktail Parites: Inspired Recipes and Party Ideas for Entertaining with Friends.  And guess what?  To celebrate and thank all of your for being such loyal readers, I’m giving away a copy of this great book along with a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card so you can stock up on stemware, cocktail napkins, and anything else you might need for a party of your own.  AND…you can enter THREE times each day this week.  Here’s how:

1.  Leave a comment on that day’s post telling me what you think of the recipe.

2.  Like Apple a Day’s new facebook page.  Come back here and leave a comment you’ve done so.  Once you’ve liked the page, leave a comment on the question of the day and come back here to tell me you’ve left an answer.

3.  Tweet the following message: *I entered to win a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card on Apple a Day!  You can enter here: http://goo.gl/i0Sup @appleadayblog*  Once you’ve tweeted, come back to that day’s post and leave a post letting me know.

So, to get this party started, I’m sharing an Aperol Spritz, an aperitif drink with orange and herbal notes I enjoyed in Venice.  It’s simple to make, not terribly sweet, and makes for a great light beverage in the late afternoon or early evening before a meal.  It’s incredibly popular across Italy and it’s now popular in my kitchen.  I hope you’ll like it too.

aperol spritz

Aperol Spritz

from Aperol



6 oz. Prosecco

4 oz. Aperol

splash soda or seltzer water

orange wedges


1.  Place a few ice cubes in a glass.  (In Venice, I saw spritzes served in stemmed wine glasses, stemless wine glasses, and double old fashioned glasses, so any glass will work.)  Pour Prosecco and Aperol in glass.  Add splash of soda and top with orange slice.  Enjoy.  Makes 1 drink. 

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  1. Suzy Q
    May 14, 2012 / 10:15 am

    I love this since it doesn't seem too sweet!tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. BMK
    May 14, 2012 / 11:08 am

    The new blog design looks great. This recipe looks perfect for summer. I've never heard of Aperol but it looks tasty!

  3. Anonymous
    May 14, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    I love prosecco but I haven't heard of aperol. Going to have to look into that further. This is seems like a great way to try it.

  4. Alida
    May 14, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Sounds like a perfect summery drink…and love the color!Your site design looks really nice!

  5. Kira
    May 14, 2012 / 12:51 pm

    Love the new header! Last summer I got into negronis. So refreshing and not cloyingly sweet.

  6. Amy
    May 14, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    I love the new blog design! :-)The drink sounds very simple and looks great, but I have to admit, I've never heard of Aperol. 😛

  7. Claire-Lauren
    May 14, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    This sounds delicious! I am a huge prosecco fan. Your site looks adorable!

  8. Shoe Fanatic
    May 14, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    That looks delish!

  9. Mandy B
    May 14, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    This sounds like a great summer drink!

  10. Kristen Hadley
    May 14, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    I've never tried Aperol, but it sounds interesting and looks yummy!

  11. Courtney
    May 14, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    Congratulations on the new design! 🙂 I've never tried Aperol but am intrigued and will have to try it soon!

  12. Merrilee Ogard Thompson
    May 14, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    Love the new design! And the cocktail looks delish. I am always looking for new ideas for prosecco cocktails.

  13. Rebecca
    May 14, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    Great new look! Love it! AND I'll have to give this bubbly, summery drink a try real soon!

  14. Eva @ Eva Bakes
    May 14, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    Great job on the new blog design! The drink sounds so refreshing!

  15. USA Kiwi (Kylee)
    May 14, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    I think I'd definitely try the drink – where do you buy Aperol?What kind of flavor does it have?I like the new digs 🙂

  16. USA Kiwi (Kylee)
    May 14, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    I like the new facebook page, and… I re-read your post to find out what flavor Aperol tastes like… doh

  17. Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
    May 14, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    Cute new look!This drink sounds really refreshing and delicious! As is anything with Prosecco 🙂

  18. Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
    May 14, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    And I "like" the Apple a Day Facebook page 🙂

  19. USA Kiwi (Kylee)
    May 14, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    I tweeted(am I doing this wrong?! Can we really enter three times a day for a week?)

  20. Kelsey
    May 14, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Kylee, you're right on. You really can enter three times every day this week!

  21. Lauren
    May 15, 2012 / 12:38 am

    I've never heard of Aperol either! Looks tasty though!

  22. Natalie
    May 15, 2012 / 2:03 am

    SUCH a fun makeover–i love it!!

  23. Brittany Cooks
    May 15, 2012 / 2:27 am

    Love the new look! How fun!

  24. dalee041790
    May 15, 2012 / 4:50 pm

    this drink recipe sounds so refreshing, will have to try!

  25. dalee041790
    May 15, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    Love your new facebook page, I have "LIKED" it – what are the purple things on that pizza. beets?

  26. Kelsey
    May 15, 2012 / 5:45 pm

    Dalee, the purple rounds are purple potatoes. You can find the recipe here on the blog–asparagus, potato,and goat cheese pizza.

  27. That Girl
    May 15, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    I love new cocktails! So exited for this week!

  28. Lynsey
    May 15, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I have followed your blog for quite some time now and I have to say, I love the new design! It's so much fun!This drink sounds perfect for summer!

  29. ErinsFoodFiles
    May 15, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    Cute new design! And I'm so glad you have a FB page now!! 🙂

  30. sharonjo
    May 16, 2012 / 2:58 am

    I haven't tried (or heard of) Aperol. Love the pretty color of that drink though, and I bet it tastes delicious!sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  31. sharonjo
    May 16, 2012 / 3:04 am

    I liked your facebook page.(Sharon O.)sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  32. Chrissy
    May 16, 2012 / 3:37 am

    Love the new look!

  33. Chrissy
    May 16, 2012 / 3:38 am

    I just "liked" your facebook page!

  34. Lexie
    May 16, 2012 / 6:32 am

    This Aperol Spritz was so refreshing. I can see why you fell in love with the favors while you were in Venice. Thank you for getting my tastes buds ready for my trip to visit Venice next week. I promise to have one (or more) in your honor.

  35. Chrissy
    May 16, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    I answered the facebook question today…my favorite drink in the summer is frozen lemonade! I really need to try and make it in the ice cream maker this summer.

  36. Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It
    May 16, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    I love the new design! I have never had Prosecco but would love to try it!

  37. Rebecca
    May 24, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    I love cocktails with Prosecco but Aperol is not my favorite, so I woudl substitute St.Germain.

  38. Lexie Jones
    March 8, 2019 / 10:35 am

    I love this drink, and the memory of having Aperol Spritz with you in Italy makes them even better. Love the drink, love the memories created while having one of these beverages, love the picture, and LOVE the new digs. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

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