Dirty Aperol Spritz


The beloved Aperol spritz gets a little more interesting thanks to a hit of punchy olive brine.

Dirty Aperol Spritz

Greg DuPree

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 drink

You probably don't need us to tell you that the Aperol spritz is a worldwide juggernaut of a cocktail. Italian Aperol is a less bitter and more fruity aperitif than Campari. It's fruity notes and vibrant orange hue make it look captivating in an ice-filled glass with bubbly prosecco and a splash of club soda. In this surprising version, a spoonful of olive brine adds punchy flavor that beautifully balances out both the bitterness and sweetness of the Aperol. The brine and the pimiento-stuffed olive garnish also give off subtle martini vibes, perfect for a classic cocktail-loving guest that's finally ready to dip their toes into the wonderful world of spritzes. One sip and you'll agree that this zippy drink should be on the menu all summer long.


  • 1/4 cup Aperol

  • 1/4 cup dry sparkling wine

  • 1/4 cup club soda

  • 1 1/2 tsp. brine from a jar of pimiento-stuffed green olives

  • Pimiento-stuffed green olives, for garnish


Fill a glass halfway with ice. Add the Aperol, sparkling wine, club soda, and olive brine. Stir to combine. Garnish with olives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 63mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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