Blackberry Aperol Spritz (recipe & video)

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A Classic Aperol Spritz Recipe, with a Pacific Northwest twist.

An Aperol Spritz is a light and refreshing Italian cocktail with the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. In this Aperol Spritz Recipe we give it new personality by adding some homemade blackberry simple syrup.

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Aperol Spritz, An Italian Cocktail

Anybody who has been to the Veneto region of Northeast Italy will testify to the fact that the Aperol Spritz is *the* cocktail of the region. Shoot, many will say it’s *the* cocktail of the entire country!

Hundreds of thousands of these refreshing drinks are sucked down daily, and for good reason.

So I thought, with the introduction to my trip to the region last December, it was fitting to begin with a cocktail… though one with a Pacific Northwest twist.

Aperol Spritz with a Twist

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most delicious berries in the country. And the property we live on, in Oregon wine country, is surrounded by blackberry bushes. I simply can’t keep up with the amount of blackberries we have. We tend to pick several pounds at a time and freeze to use throughout the year. And frozen blackberries are perfect to make simple syrups with.

This recipe is inspired by my trip to Italy, and all the Aperol Spritzes I enjoyed.

And so, the Blackberry Aperol Spritz was born!

Classic Aperol Spritz cocktail being made.

The Classic Aperol Spritz Recipe

If you have heard the term 3-2-1 Aperol Spritz, it is refering the ratios used to make this Italian Cocktail.

  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 part club soda (or a splash)

It is served on the rocks often in a rocks glass or standard white wine glass. Since I’m obsessed with my bubbly flutes (pictured above) so we used them, and added ice cubes after pouring. Side note, these are pretty darn remarkable to sip on while waiting for your smoked and grilled meats to finish cooking. #themoreyouknow

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

This cocktail uses the classic Aperol Sprit as a base, with an additional part blackberry simple syrup. The results are not only gorgeous, but delicious and equally refreshing as the original! The syrup balances out some of the bitterness from the Aperol.

How to Make A Blackberry Aperol Spritz

This recipe is similar to the classic, using the 3-2-1 method. However, we are going to add one more step — the blackberry syrup — making it 3-2-1-1.

In a rocks glass or white wine glass (or bubbly flutes, if you are like me) add:

  1. 3 parts Prosecco
  2. 2 parts Aperol
  3. 1 part club soda
  4. 1 part blackberry syrup
  5. Add the ice, give it a stir, and enjoy this refreshing Italian Cocktail!
Blackberry Aperol Spritz Cocktail

I’d be remiss to say that this would be quite the cocktail for Valentine’s Day this weekend. I mean, that color! So fun.

The Video

Blackberry Aperol Spritz Recipe

Blackberry Aperol Spritz Cocktail
4.73 from 11 votes

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

A twist on a classic Aperol Spritz inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Blackberry Aperol Spritz Cocktail, made with blackberry simple syrup. 
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
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For the Blackberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blackberries

For the Blackberry Aperol Spritz

  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 part blackberry simple syrup
  • 1 part club soda
  • Ice cubes, for serving


For the Blackberry Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, and blackberries to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes until the berries burst and the mixture thickens slightly, and you reach your desired consistency. 
  • Strain the contents into a glass jar through a very fine mesh strainer while gently pressing the fruit to extract as much of that delicious juice as possible. Discard the solids.

For the Blackberry Aperol Spritz

  • In a rocks glass or wine glass add the Prosecco, followed by the Aperol, blackberry simple syrup, club soda, and finish by adding a few ice cubes. Garnish with fresh blackberries. 


Your “parts” can easily be measured in ounces, or eyeball based on size of your glass.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Keyword: aperol spritz recipe, blackberry aperol spritz, blackberry cocktail
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To read more on my trip to Italy check out this post on Conegliano Valdobbiadene, The home of Prosecco Superiore

Sunset on a vineyard in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG region.

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About Mary

I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Oh my, this is a must try! I’ve seen Lambrusco Spritz, and a few other varieties, but never blackberry..Sounds yum!

  2. What a great way to use blackberries. I love when they are in season and we can get a bunch at a nearby farm. This drink is something I never would have thought of and would be so nice on a spring day.