Aperol Spritz Cocktail: Elderflower Aperol Spritz Recipe

Aperol Spritz — A twist to a classic cocktail, this Elderflower Aperol Spritz recipe adds a touch of floral balanced with the bitter and bubbly.

photo of he Elderflower Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe garnished with baby breath by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

I love sipping on an aperol spritz on a warm, sunny day and closing my eyes and pretending that I am on the Amalfi Coast or the South of France.

And even on chilly days, I, Ashley Conway can still have an aperol spritz, close my eyes and pretend that it’s bright and cheery outside too.

Aperol spritz truly are a vacation in a glass! They’re so light and the ideal year-round drink. Mix these up at your next brunch or when you feel like embracing the joie de vivre!

What Is An Aperol Spritz?

Pronounced “AH-peh-rawl sprits”, this cocktail is composed of three main ingredients: 3 parts wine based, 2 parts Aperol, and a splash of soda.

Many also prefer an aperol prosecco or aperol with champagne. Either way, Aperol is the never changing ingredient.

Aperol originated in Italy. This orange-red liquor is slightly bitter and incredibly light, with its alcohol content only 11%. 

Herbs and roots infuse Aperol for a liquor with orange and rhubarb flavors.

Originating from Italy, Aperol is an infusion of herbs and roots with two of its most distinctive flavours being oranges and rhubarb. 

Italians love drinking this cocktail during aperitivo hour aka happy hour after work.

photo of three Elderflower Aperol Spritz cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The Aperol Spritz Debate

The New York Times recently published a lengthy article on why they think the popular aperol spritz is not so great. Their exact words were that “it was not a good drink”.

This has sparked viral debates on a classic cocktail that is over 100 years old. It’s not the 9th most ordered cocktail in the world for no reason! 

Yes, the bitterness of Aperol can take some time to get use to, but we highly recommend giving it a try.

Aperol Spritz Gate has only solidified my love for this orange hued summer sipper. You can’t ever pry Aperol Spritzes out of my cold dead hands. Hah!

photo from above of a classic Italian happy hour cocktail by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

How To Switch Up A Classic Aperol Spritz

I love the classic, but recently switched it up for a cocktail party by adding in elderflower liqueur.

These Elderflower Aperol Spritz are a touch floral balanced with the bitter and bubbly. They are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

The addition of the elderflower is subtle, but gives it some lovely floral notes marry well with citrusy bitter aperol and a natural pairing with champagne.

photo of the St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

What Is Elderflower Liqueur

Elderflower liqueur is made elderflowers, small, white flowers that grow in a bush.

The liqueur is made without any preservatives so the elderflowers are always handpicked and fresh. you get the best flavors in the first six months of a batch.

The flower does not have a strong floral scent as you would get from lavender or roses. So elderflower liqueur is very light, crisp and delicate. It has a similar flavor to a lychee.

The most popular elderflower liqueur is St. Germain, which I used in this recipe.

photo of the Elderflower Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe card by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Ingredients To Make An Elderflower Aperol Spritz

  • Dry white sparkling wine or champagne — It’s ideal (but not necessary) to have it chilled beforehand.
  • Aperol — The key liqueur to any aperol spritz.
  • Elderflower liqueur — The main ingredient to how I reinvented a classic spritz.
  • Soda water — Added for the carbonation and to cut the bitterness from the Aperol. You can also substitute the soda water for sparkling water.
  • Grapefruit wedge, elderflowers or baby’s breath — Typically, you find the drink garnished with a slice of orange or green olive. But I like to add color to the already orange palette!

photo of How To Make An Elderflower Aperol Spritz Cocktail by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

How To Make An Elderflower Aperol Spritz

1 — Fill a large wine glass or highball with ice.

2 — Pour all of the ingredients into the glass filled with ice and stir. 

3 — Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and elderflowers or baby’s breath.

photo of how you can add a twist to with elderflower liquor to a classic cocktail by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Why Using Sparkling Wine Is Better In An Aperol Spritz

As I mentioned before, people have their preference for making aperol spritzes with white wine, prosecco or champagne.

Traditionally, you’ll discover that prosecco is the most common choice. However, I like to make them with a more dry style of sparkling wine.

Prosecco tends to have a lot of residual sugars and far too sweet when combined with bitter sweet Aperol. Whereas, dry sparkling wine balances out the bitter flavors.

photo of a grapefruit slice and baby's breath as garnishes for an Elderflower Aperol Spritz by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

In case you’re looking for other light and easy cocktails with a mix of sparkling wine or champagne, here are a few of my favorites from the archives —

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Elderflower Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

photo of the Elderflower Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe garnished with baby breath by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Elderflower Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

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4.75 from 12 votes
A twist to a classic cocktail, these Elderflower Aperol Spritz are a touch floral balanced with the bitter and bubbly.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course cocktails
Cuisine Amaro

Equipment

  • Wine glass

Ingredients

  • 3 oz dry white sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz  Elderflower liqueur I used St. Germain
  • 1/2 oz soda water
  • Garnish: grapefruit wedge, elderflowers or baby’s breath optional

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 6g | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 208kcal

Instructions

  • Fill a large wine glass or highball with ice.
  • Pour all of the ingredients into the glass and stir.
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge and elderflowers or baby’s breath.
KEYWORD: alcoholic, aperol spritz, elderflower, light drink, st. germain, sugar and cloth
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10 thoughts on “Aperol Spritz Cocktail: Elderflower Aperol Spritz Recipe”

  1. Ever since having one in Europe and then Heather McMahan talking about them, I’ve been looking for a recipe! Happy hour time at my house!5 stars

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