Imagine you’re strolling through Milan on a late sunny afternoon. Restaurants, bars and cafes are buzzing with people during Aperitivo hour and every single table is filled with vibrant glowing orange glasses of the Aperol Spritz. Maybe, you even see this scene in your own city on a daily basis. This iconic Italian cocktail is everywhere! Once considered a summer drink only, the Spritz is now enjoyed at all times of the year.
The Aperol Spritz is naturally a low-abv cocktail since it uses the aperitif Aperol as a base, which contains only 11% alcohol by volume. That means you don’t lose or sacrifice the taste or flavor profile by transforming this cocktail into a non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz. Seriously, make this refreshing non-alcoholic Spritz at home and you won’t be able to tell the difference between the alcohol-free or full-strength version! It’s also incredibly easy to make since it contains only three ingredients and in some cases even just two. Get ready to make it and sip it!
Non-Alcoholic Aperol Spritz ingredients
When making the best non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe you’ll need to use top-shelf non-alcoholic aperitifs and non-alcoholic Prosecco replacements. In this Spritz recipe, we suggest using either Lyre’s Italian Spritz or Wilfred’s Bittersweet Aperitif as non-alcoholic Aperol and a high quality Prosecco-style wine like No & Low Sparkling Chardonnay. Quality spirits, aperitifs and wine make a big difference!
- 2 oz of Wilfred's Bittersweet Aperitif or Lyre’s Italian Spritz
- 3 oz of No & Low Sparkling Chardonnay or Lyre’s Classico Grande
- A splash of soda water, sparkling water, or tonic water if you’re looking for a hint of more sweetness
- Orange slices for garnish
- Large ice cubes, large is important so the ice dilutes slowly
How to make a non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz?
The non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz is a simple cocktail to make at home and the reward is a glass of sunshine that will transport you to a sun-drenched terrace in Italy! Follow these steps to whip up the best NA Aperol Spritz:
- Fill the glass half full with large ice cubes, again large is important because we want the ice to dilute slowly.
- Pour 2 oz of your non-alcoholic Aperol over the ice, if you like it sweeter opt for Lyre’s Italian Spritz. If you prefer less sugar and more aromatics, reach for your Wilfred’s Bittersweet Aperitif.
- Pour in 3 oz of your non-alcoholic No & Low Sparkling Chardonnay
- Add in a splash of club soda, sparkling water, or tonic water if you want to add a bit of sweetness
- Give it a quick but gentle stir to mix all the ingredients together.
- Garnish with a nice big slice of orange.
Serve and enjoy your delicious non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz! ☀️😊
Don’t hesitate to play with the ratios, we think this recipe is perfect but you know your tastebuds best so feel free to add less or more of what you please. Some even prefer to garnish with a tasty Cerignola olive or a raspberry instead of your typical orange slice!
This, for us, is one of the best non-alcoholic cocktails or mocktail. If for whatever reason you can’t make it at home we highly recommend trying Lyre’s ready-to-drink Amalfi Spritz which is a canned mocktail you can crack open whenever you please. Also, don’t hesitate to try Ghia’s range of canned non-alcoholic Spritz’, these are different and much more bitter than an Aperol Spritz but still a fantastic Spritz option nonetheless.
No & Low Spritz Tip: Add 2 droppers full of All The Bitter New Orleans Alcohol-Free Bitters to increase the overall flavor and sophistication of your drink.
How to choose the best Non-Alcoholic aperitif for a NA Aperol Spritz?
Choosing the right non-alcoholic aperitif is key when it comes to making the best NA Aperol Spritz. Here is our selection of the best matches for a non-alcoholic Aperol for your delicious NA Aperol Spritz.
- Lyre’s Italian Spritz: Classic Aperol flavors, sweet, and mix very well with non-alcoholic sparkling wines.
- Wilfred's Bittersweet Aperitif: This falls somewhere between Aperol and Campari but it makes a dazzling non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz. It’s heavy on clove flavored, rosemary and infused orange. If you’re looking for a low-sugar Aperol liquor, this is it.
- Pentire Coastal Spritz: Aperol flavors are wonderfully blended with coastal botanicals from Pentire’s signature plant blend.
- Lyre’s Italian Orange: Similar to their Italian Spritz but a bit less sweet and with some added bitterness.
- Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitivo: A new and extremely popular non-alcoholic Aperol that offers exquisite notes of grapefruit, orange blossom and rhubarb. A fruity aperitivo to drink chilled.
- Ghia: If you are looking for something much more bitter, herbal and spicy than sweet, choose Ghia! It’s wonderful when Spritzed but shouldn't be considered a replacement for Aperol.
The best non-alcoholic sparkling wine for your non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz
The non-alcoholic Spritz contains so few ingredients that it is crucial to use the best. When choosing a non-alcoholic sparkling wine make sure you find a high-quality Prosecco-style wine that is not overly sweet. Aperol liqueur (and its non-alcoholic counterparts) are already fairly sweet, adding a sweet wine on top of that will be a sugar bomb that will offset the beautiful balance of bitterness and sweetness that makes the Aperol Spritz what it is. Here are the best Prosecco-style wine replacements we recommend:
- No & Low Sparkling Chardonnay: The ultimate dry non-alcoholic sparkling wine, this tastes like the real deal and has a very subtle sweetness with only 2.7 grams of sugar per serving. Our clients compare it to a Champagne.
- Lyre’s Classico Grande: This was made to emulate Prosecco and it does quite a job replicating it. A great match for the Lyre’s Italian Spritz since these were designed to work together.
- Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay: You can’t go wrong with Noughty, this classic non-alcoholic bubbly offers a great balance for the non-alcoholic Spritz. It’s also certified organic and halal!
- No & Low Sparkling Peach: Looking for a fruit-forward Spritz? Use the No & Low non-alcoholic peach wine to make the ultimate summer time Spritz, check out the recipe here.
Bring the Italian tradition of Aperitivo to your home with this thirst-quenching non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe. We promise that this non-alcoholic cocktail or mocktail will be a guaranteed hit but without the buzz. Ciao!