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DIY Aperol Spritz Bar: Create Your Own Cocktail Station

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Inside: Host like a pro with our guide to setting up a DIY Aperol Spritz bar. Your guests will love crafting their own cocktails, and you’ll love the stress-free hosting

I f you’re all about enjoying cocktails but tired of being the bartender at your own parties, listen up.

Create a DIY Aperol Spritz bar and let your guests serve themselves!

Back when I used to throw a bunch of work parties, without fail, I’d always end up stuck in the windowless office kitchen making endless cocktails. Because no one knew how to mix a drink.

So, in a moment of desperation, I printed out the recipes and taped them to the wall. Finally, I had my party freedom.

Since then, I’ve perfected the DIY cocktail station, and this one is perfect for summer because Aperol Spritzes are the ultimate refreshing drink.

Plus, they’re super easy since guests can mix them right in their glasses—no need for shaking or separate mixing glasses!

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A DIY Aperol Spritz bar with a bottle of Aperol Spritz, oranges, prosecco, sparkling water and a bucket of water on a wooden cutting board

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Gather Your Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to gather for your DIY Aperol Spritz bar:

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A DIY Aperol Spritz bar setup with ingredients including Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water, and orange slices, displayed on a table with a recipe card

With these essentials in place, your guests will be mixing their own perfect Aperol Spritzes in no time.

How To Set Up Your Aperol Spritz Bar

Alright, let’s get your cocktail station ready.

Prep work: Begin by slicing your oranges into round slices for your guests. Steer clear of wedges — instead, cutting them into full circle slices. 🍊

slicing oranges in round circles to prep for a DIY aperol spritz bar setup

Next, set up your ingredients. Choose a spacious spot where several people can gather comfortably to prep their drinks.

The main goal is to make sure you have everything your guests will need right at their fingertips:

  • all the ingredients neatly arranged
  • an ice bucket within reach
  • glasses for serving
  • a jigger for measuring
  • and a bar spoon for stirring.
  • But most importantly, don’t forget the recipe card so everyone knows how to mix their drink.

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A kitchen countertop setup for an Aperol Spritz bar with Aperol, Prosecco, sparkling water, fresh oranges, ice bucket, and cocktail tools

This setup ensures your guests can easily create their own perfect Aperol Spritzes without any hassle (and you get to enjoy your own party).

Aperol Spritz Recipe

You might see a few variations of the Aperol spritz recipe, but this is the classic 3-2-1 spritz formula:

Aperol Spritz Recipe

The classic refreshing Aperol spritz, perfect for summer.

An aperol spritz cocktail next to an orange for a DIY aperol spritz bar at a party

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Prosecco (or sparkling wine)
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz sparkling water or club soda
  • Garnish: orange slice

Instructions:

Add ice to a glass. Add all ingredients and stir.

two friends cheers their aperol spritz cocktails at a summer party where they made their alcoholic drinks at a DIY aperol spritz bar

Some Common Questions

What exactly is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian aperitif known for its bright orange color and bittersweet flavor profile. It’s made from a blend of herbs and roots, giving it a distinct taste that pairs well with sparkling wine and soda water in cocktails like the Aperol Spritz.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of an Aperol Spritz?

Yes, you can! Simply replace the Aperol with a non-alcoholic alternative or a flavored syrup that mimics the bitter-sweet profile of Aperol. Combine it with sparkling water and a splash of orange juice or orange itters for a similar refreshing taste.

How do I adjust the sweetness or bitterness of my Aperol Spritz?

To make your Aperol Spritz sweeter, add a bit more Prosecco or a dash of simple syrup. To increase bitterness, adjust the ratio by adding more Aperol or reducing the amount of Prosecco. Experiment until you find the balance that suits your taste preferences.

What are some alternative garnishes I can use?

Besides the traditional orange slice, you can experiment with various fruits like grapefruit or berries. Fresh herbs like basil or thyme can add a unique aroma and flavor twist. Even olives can offer a savory note to your Aperol Spritz.

How should I store leftover Aperol and Prosecco after the party?

Aperol should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. It doesn’t require refrigeration but should be sealed tightly to maintain its flavor. Prosecco should be re-corked and stored in the refrigerator to preserve its effervescence.

What are some good food pairings with Aperol Spritz?

Aperol Spritz pairs well with a variety of appetizers and snacks. Try salty snacks like nuts, olives, or potato chips. Cheese and charcuterie boards also complement the drink’s flavors, as do light salads and seafood dishes.

Can I prepare Aperol Spritz in advance for a larger party?

Yes, you can pre-mix the Aperol and Prosecco (without adding the soda water) and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, pour over ice and top with chilled soda water and garnishes for a fresh-tasting cocktail.

Download A Free DIY Aperol Spritz Recipe Card

A DIY Aperol Spritz bar setup with ingredients including Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water, and orange slices, displayed on a table with a recipe card

Grab your free printable Aperol Spritz recipe card to add to your Aperol Cocktail bar.

Time To Raise a Glass

So there you have it—everything you need to set up your very own DIY Aperol Spritz Bar!

Imagine your friends gathered around, experimenting with different garnishes and swapping spritz recipes while you, the host, finally get to relax and enjoy the party instead of playing bartender all night.

It’s a surefire way to add a splash of fun and creativity to your next gathering. Plus, who doesn’t love a good Aperol Spritz on a warm evening?

So go on, give it a try! Set up that cocktail station, let your guests be their own mixologists, and watch as your party becomes the talk of the town. Cheers to effortless hosting and unforgettable memories! 🥂

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