A favourite summer drink is the Aperol spritz. The good news is this is one of the easiest alcoholic drinks to fake without losing the taste. So here are some ideas for making your own low or alcohol-free version. We recommend serving with nibbles, try some gordal olives, crostini, and cured meats for delicious, low-effort accompaniments.
Low alcohol version – Aperol Spritz
One of the many good things about this refreshingly adult drink is that it can actually be pretty low in alcohol for those of you who do drink but want to keep your consumption low. Aperol is 11% alcohol by volume, but you only use 50ml in a glass. If you top it up with lemonade, soda water, or an alcohol-free prosecco instead of the traditional full-strength prosecco that’s about 0.5 units. Add plenty of ice to a large wine glass and combine 50ml of Aperol with 100ml of quality lemonade or alcohol-free fizz. Finish with a dash of soda water and a slice of orange to garnish, and there you have it, a reduced-alcohol Aperol Spritz.
And there are non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz versions, too
Strykk Not Aperitivo
If you’re looking for a quick serve, then this Aperol alternative could be just the thing. This two-ingredient serve means there is no need to add a non-alcoholic sparkling wine. All you have to do is fill a glass with ice and add equal measures of soda water and Strykk Not Aperitivo. Job done! This is also a low-calorie serve, with the average serve weighing in at 25kcal. A blend of wormwood, Quassia, bitter orange, and sweet prosecco notes make for a refreshing Summery poor.
Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz
Lyre’s create an extensive range of alcohol-free spirits. Try their Amalfi spritz recipe, it’s a stunning homage to the Aperol spritz. Here’s how to mix it:
60ml Premium alcohol-free prosecco (we like Thomson & Scott Noughty)
30ml Soda water
Combine ingredients in a large wine glass and stir. Fill the glass with ice and garnish it with a slice of orange. prego! And if you don’t fancy mixing it yourself, you’re in luck. Lyre’s have a range of ready-to-drink cocktails in can, inlcuding their Amalfi Spritz.
Crodino is a non-alcoholic bitter aperitif, produced since 1964. It is an orange-coloured drink, made of herbal extracts and sugar, and is sold in 10cl bottles. You can enjoy Crodino on it’s own, or try topping it up with soda or alcohol-free fizz. You’ll often find this avialable in independent Italian restaurants, but you can also find it on Wise Bartender and Amazon.
Highball alcohol-free Italian Spritz
Highball have done the job for you with this delicious Aperol Spritz-style cocktail, all you need to do is chill and serve in your favourite glass. This Italian Spritz with Italian bitters and zesty orange delivers the classic bitter-sweet flavour of the original. Check out their full range of premixed alcohol-free cocktails on Wise Bartender.
Are there any other Aperol Spritz alternatives that you enjoy? We always love hearing from Club Soda members, so do get in touch to let us know your favourites. And if you want to explore more aperitivos, check out our guide to alcohol-free aperitivos, where you’ll discover a whole host of products with unique flavour profiles.
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