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These Aperol cocktails are the best ways to use this tasty Italian aperitif! Mix it with everything from bubbles to bourbon.

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Got a bottle of Aperol and not sure how to use it? The Aperol Spritz may be the most popular way to mix up this bright Italian liqueur, but there are so many other flavorful drinks. Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re home cocktail experts, with 300+ cocktail recipes under our belt. We’ve looked high and low for all the best ways to use this classic amaro, and here are our top 10.

Mix it into the modern classic Paper Plane with bourbon, or into the funky Naked and Famous with mezcal. You can even pour it into beer for a refreshing spin on the spritz called the Spaghett (yes, it’s a thing!).

And now…the best Aperol cocktails!

More about Aperol

Aperol is a Italian aperitif, a liquor designed for sipping before a meal. It was invented in Padua, Italy in 1919 by brothers Luigi and Silvio Barbieri. The company that sells Campari, Gruppo Campari, bought Aperol in the 1990s.

Aperol is bright orange in color and it has a sweet, citrusy flavor. It’s more approachable than its cousin liqueur Campari, which is bright red and extremely bitter (see Campari vs Aperol). It’s great in the popular spritz, or even just watered down with soda water.

Compared to other liquors, Aperol is mid-priced. A 750 ml bottle costs $20 to $35.

More amaro-based cocktails

Italian amari are a family of bitter liqueurs that range from sweet to intensely bitter, with Aperol on one end of the spectrum and Campari on the other. Here are a few more drinks based around amari:

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Aperol spritz

Top 11 Aperol Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The classic Aperol spritz is worth the hype! It’s light and bubbly, with hints of citrus and herbs: one of the most refreshing mixed drinks of all time.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) Aperol, chilled
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoonssoda water
  • Ice (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: orange wedge, a straw if you like


  1. Add the Aperol to a glass filled with ice and stir. Top with the sparkling wine and soda water.
  2. Squeeze in the orange wedge and stir gently, then serve. Serve with a straw to minimize dilution!
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    I have a bottle of Aperol in the back of my closet, so thank you for all of these, and Spaghett is too funny, hadn’t heard of that one before