Aperol Spritz Salvation: No Prosecco, No Problem!

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The Aperol Spritz – a vibrant orange cocktail synonymous with summer days and Italian piazzas. Traditionally made with Aperol, prosecco, and club soda, it’s known for its light, refreshing taste and beautiful color. But what if you don’t have prosecco on hand, or prefer to skip the extra alcohol? Fear not, the Aperol Spritz can still be enjoyed in all its glory with a simple substitution.

This guide explores the classic Aperol Spritz recipe, along with a fantastic alternative that keeps the spirit of the drink alive without prosecco.

Refreshing Aperol Tonic (Without Prosecco) - Cooking With Elo
Refreshing Aperol Tonic (Without Prosecco) – Cooking With Elo

Ingredients

Classic Aperol Spritz:

3 parts Prosecco (around 90ml)

  • 2 parts Aperol (around 60ml)
  • Club soda, to top
  • Orange slice, for garnish

  • Aperol Spritz (Prosecco-Free):

    2 parts Sparkling white wine (around 60ml) – Dry or sweet, depending on your preference

  • 1 part Aperol (around 30ml)
  • Club soda, to top
  • Orange slice, for garnish

  • Directions

    1. Fill a large wine glass with ice.
    2. Classic Spritz: Pour in the prosecco followed by the Aperol.
    3. Prosecco-Free Spritz: Pour in the sparkling white wine followed by the Aperol.
    4. Gently top both versions with club soda, leaving a little space at the rim.
    5. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a fresh orange slice.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Please note: These are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol and club soda used.

    Classic Aperol Spritz:

    Calories: 120-150

  • Carbohydrates: 10-15g
  • Sugar: 5-10g
  • Alcohol: 12-15g

  • Aperol Spritz (Prosecco-Free):

    Calories: 80-100

  • Carbohydrates: 5-8g
  • Sugar: 3-5g
  • Alcohol: 6-8g

  • Conclusion

    The Aperol Spritz, whether made with prosecco or a sparkling wine substitute, is a delightful and easy-to-make cocktail perfect for any occasion. Its refreshing taste and vibrant color make it a crowd-pleaser, and the flexibility of the recipe allows for customization to your preferences. So next time you crave a light and summery drink, whip up an Aperol Spritz – prosecco or not, it’s sure to hit the spot!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What can I substitute for club soda?

    If you don’t have club soda, you can use sparkling water instead. However, club soda adds a slight mineral bitterness that complements the Aperol, so the taste might be slightly different.

    2. Can I use leftover sparkling wine for the prosecco-free version?

    Yes, absolutely! Leftover sparkling wine, as long as it’s not flat, works perfectly for this recipe.

    3. How can I make this recipe non-alcoholic?

    For a refreshing mocktail version, simply omit the Aperol and sparkling wine. Add a splash of orange juice or grapefruit juice for a citrusy twist, and top with club soda as usual.

    4. What other garnishes can I use besides orange?

    Lemon slices, grapefruit wedges, or even a sprig of fresh rosemary can add a different twist to your Aperol Spritz.

    5. How long will an Aperol Spritz stay good?