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Best Non Alcoholic Aperol Spritz Recipe to Drink Now

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If you want a fruity and sweet, slightly bitter, and bubbly Aperol Spritz, but you don't want it to contain any alcohol, this is the best non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz that mimics the bubbles plus the flavors of orange, bitterness, and sweetness you're craving.

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My husband and I adore the classic Aperol Spritz cocktail (check out the views we had drinking this Italian cocktail in Florence, Italy, and Sorrento, Italy). But, this past Easter season, we gave up alcohol for Lent.

I tried some flavored prebiotic soda alternatives from the popular brand Olipop for something fun to sip during this time, and the first time I tested their "Orange Squeeze" flavor, the first two words that popped into my head were: "Aperol Spritz!"

And I knew I just had to use it to perfect a non-alcoholic Spritz.

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Olipop's "Orange Squeeze" is very orange-y and sweet, but I felt like it needed a bit more bitterness and a bit more syrup-y sweetness to mimic the Aperol Spritz. That's why I added Ruby Red grapefruit juice and cherry juice to round out the "Aperol" portion of this alcohol-free Aperol Spritz. Of course, you will also need to add soda water and alcohol-free sparkling wine too, just like the original recipe.

This non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe very closely mimics the official (alcoholic) Aperol Spritz recipe (listed below for ease of reference).

Below is a quick history of the Aperol Spritz, followed by frequently asked questions, the recipe, and the exact components of the recipe to shop.

Quick History of the Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz ("Spritz Veneziano") is a Venetian drink with origins in the 1800s when German soldiers found the Northern Italian wine to be too strong and wanted it watered down.

But, it wasn't until 1920 that Aperol, an Italian bright orange bitter apéritif made with ingredients like gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, was created and used in the drink.

And, it wasn't until the 1970s that bubbly Prosecco was used instead of still wine.

Lastly, it was only in recent years (2018 and on) that the Aperol Spritz made its mark in the United States, when the New York Times argues that “The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink” and Grub Street responded with proof that the “Entire Internet Agrees Aperol Spritz Is, in Fact, Good.”

The official Aperol Spritz recipe by the Aperol brand is:

  • Fill a white wine glass with ice
  • Pour 3 parts of Prosecco D.O.C. 
  • Followed by 2 parts of Aperol 
  • And 1 splash of soda 
  • Garnish with an orange slice

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make an Aperol Spritz without Aperol?

Campari and Cynar are similar Italian alcoholic bitter apéritif liqueurs often substituted for Aperol.

For an alcohol-free substitution for Aperol, mix an orange tonic like Olipop's "Orange Dream" with grapefruit juice and the juice in a cherry jar to re-create the orange, bitter, and sweet flavors of Aperol, but without any alcohol.

What can I use instead of Prosecco in Aperol Spritz?

Instead of Prosecco, you can use another sparkling wine, like sparkling Brut, in an Aperol Spritz. For a non-alcoholic version of the Aperol Spritz, you can substitute non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling grape juice for Prosecco.

How to Make a Non-Alcoholic Aperol Spritz

aperol spritz with olipop orange squeeze

Non Alcoholic Aperol Spritz Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

If you want a fruity and sweet, slightly bitter, and bubbly Aperol Spritz, but you don't want it to contain any alcohol, this is the best non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz that mimics the bubbles plus the flavors of orange, bitterness, and sweetness you're craving.

Ingredients

  • A handful of ice cubes
  • 3 ounces of alcohol free sparkling white wine
  • 1 ounce of orange sparkling tonic
  • ½ ounce of grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce of juice from a cherry jar
  • 1 splash of club soda

Instructions

  1. Add a handful of ice to a white wine glass.
  2. Add to the glass the alcohol-free sparkling wine, orange sparkling tonic, grapefruit juice, and juice from a cherry jar.
  3. Top with a splash of soda.
  4. Stir.
  5. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Notes

The proportions of ingredients called for in this recipe are intended to most closely resemble the official alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe. However, feel free to test other proportions to suit your specific taste preferences.

This recipe uses one ounce of orange sparkling tonic, but each can of orange sparkling tonic contains twelve ounces, so technically, you can mix twelve of these mocktail recipes from just one can.

Shop the Non-Alcoholic Aperol Spritz

Shop the exact ingredients and tools I used to create this non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz, plus a fun book about the beloved Italian cocktail below:

alcohol free aperol spritz ingredients

Now you know how to make this non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe. Cheers!

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