Summer of the Spritz: Aperol Spritzes Every Which Way


Every.single.summer for the past few summers, I’ve wanted to go to southern Italy. This urge only really happens in the summer, when photos of orange umbrellas, vangole and glistening shots of the ocean start popping up in my Instagram feed.

I immediately remember how much I loved The Bicycle Thief and 8 1/2 in college–none of which even take place in Southern Italy–but still…Italy! I remember this roasted plum cake that’s made with a delicious plum syrup spiked with balsamic vinegar and Italian pistachios.

I remember my love for aperol spritzes and how delicious they are when I’m sweating on a hot day.

I’m actually going to northern Italy in September but there’s just something about the Amalfi coast in June and July and August that draws me there like a magnet. Maybe next year. Maybe we’ll go for our honeymoon, though Josh is pushing for Asia. THO WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHEN WE’RE ACTUALLY GETTING MARRIED. SMH.

In lieu of my urge to book and flight and head to southern Italy, I figured I’d transport myself and my longing through taste. Through food. Through drank.

I’m starting this adventure with a kick-off to summer: the Aperol spritz.

And all sorts of ways. What else can we put in them besides Prosecco?

I say lots.

When I was in Copenhagen last year, I went to Baest and had one with apple cider and it was BOMB. It was very fall-like so I think that made sense. But now, as we venture into summer, I say let’s be super basic and try it with rosé.

Here she is with rosé:

I started the drink with about 2 to 3 ounces of aperol, another 3 to 4 ounces of rosé and then topped it off with some sparkling water.

And let’s talk about green olives. They’re traditionally served with green olives and at first it seems a little odd but the brininess with the sweetness from the aperol REALLY works.

And then here’s a grapefruit Aperol spritz.

There’s 3 ounces of aperol, about 2 to 3 ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and then tonic or sparkling water.

I love the tonic addition but if you’re into less sweet, go the sparkling water route.

Last but not least, BEER!

Yes, I know that sounds weird but last week Josh was like, “what if I put IPA in aperol?” And so he did and it was DELICIOUS!

He then googled it and realized he’s not the only one who thought of it lol.

Have I convinced you that you need to make Aperol Spritzes now?!?!

Summer of the Spritz: Aperol Spritzes Every Which Way

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


Grapefruit Aperol Spritz:

  • Ice
  • 1 to 2 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces sparkling water or tonic
  • Grapefruit peel, as garnish

Rosé Aperol Spritz:

  • Ice
  • 1 to 2 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces rosé
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • Green olives, as garnish

IPA Aperol Spritz:

  • Ice
  • 1 to 2 ounces Aperol
  • 4 ounces IPA beer, pilsner is good too!
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • Lime or lemon, as garnish


To Make the Grapefruit Spritz:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a glass. Stir and garnish with the grapefruit peel.

To Make the Rosé Aperol Spritz:

  • Add the ice, aperol, rosé and sparkling water to a glass. Stir gently and garnish with green olives.

To Make the IPA Aperol Spritz:

  • Add the ice, IPA, sparkling water to a glass. Stir gently and garnish with a wedge or slice of lime or lemon.
Nutrition Facts
Summer of the Spritz: Aperol Spritzes Every Which Way
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Pricila June 26, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Aperol spritzes are my jam! Literally, hot, humid, Italian sunshine in a glass. I seriously might just have to have this exact setup for my bridal shower. My fiancé proposed to me in Rome last summer, so Italy and spritzes will always be extra special. Plan for a summer wedding and honeymoon in Italy! Especially if you wanna visit Cinque Terre or the Amalfi coast. Asia is pretty much the same all year round.

    You’re amazing mujer!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 26, 2017 at 11:03 am

      oh that’s sounds like suuuuch a good thing to serve at a bridal shower. gracias, chamita. xoxo

  • Reply what we’re loving | pizza and champagne June 27, 2017 at 5:54 am

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  • Reply Lady Lucas June 27, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Thank you for this post! I lived abroad in Austria for two years – and the Aperol Spritz is a common drink at every bar there in Salzburg and Vienna. I love it, and it reminds me of vacation. I will have to try your version with the rose – thanks again for the lovely post!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      it’s screams vacation but we all can’t be on vacation all the time so let’s just drink like we are. 🙂

  • Reply Alana June 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    i am v basic but i could so go for some rose + aperol action (minus the olives cuz me and olives don’t get along). and grapefruit + aperol action. and ipa + aperol action. ok, shit, just give me a bottle of aperol already. and let’s book some flights to southern italy while we’re at it. carpe diem or something!

  • Reply Mimi June 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Aperol is a bit too bitter for my taste, so when I make a prosecco spritzer, I also use orange juice. You basically did the same thing with grapefruit juice, which is incredible! But the rose´?!!!! Extra incredible. I’ve got to get out my aperol and start playing! Thanks!

  • Reply Nicole June 29, 2017 at 1:14 am

    For a second there I got distracted by Amelia the corgis Instagram feed on your side bar. So cute. Amazing recipes. I may not find Aperol in my country but I can try substitute it with something else.

  • Reply Lori June 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    That gold rimmed glass is gorgeous!

  • Reply michelle loh July 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Hey there Adrianna, because of you i went out to buy aperol and ended up buying more than i needed (alcohol + soda water + wine + beer) 🙂 happy 4th of july! just want to say happy holidays and i loveeeeee your blog and your posts! love from singapore!