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Your guide to non-alcoholic substitutes for Aperol

A couple of summers ago, seemingly out of nowhere, Aperol (or more specifically) the Aperol Spritz became the drink of the summer.  But why do we all love it so much?

What is it about this vibrant coloured, bitter yet refreshing drink that appeals to so many of us? Is it because it conjures up the colours of the Italian coast, the salty breeze of the Mediterranean or is it just because it is the perfect precursor to long, hot, summer nights mixing good friends and good food? 

For me, one of the reasons I love this drink so much is that the alcohol-free version tastes exactly the same as it's alcoholic counterpart, making it one of the best drinks to try if you are looking for convincing alternatives. 

What is Aperol made from?

Vera make an alcohol free aperol alternative

The original Aperol came to be in 1919 after years of experimentation by brothers Luigi and Silvio Barbieri. The drink, an 'Apéro' (Which is French for apéritif) included a combination of oranges (both bitter and sweet), rhubarb, herbs and roots.

And of course, there are many non-alcoholic Aperol alternatives that emulate the classic taste profile of the original drink, such as Lyre's Italian Spritz and Vera Aperitivo Classico. 

What's the difference between Aperol and Campari 

Although both Aperol and Campari are both classic Italian apéritifs, there are some big differences between the two. 

First of all - Aperol and Campari were created in different parts of Italy - Aperol was invented in Padua, and Campari hails from Milan. Secondly, while both drinks are bitter, Campari is more bitter than Aperol. 

There is one big thing that Aperol and Campari have in common - there are lots of fantastic alcohol-free alternatives. 

What exactly is an Aperol Spritz?

There are some amazing aperol spritz alternatives

The Aperol Spritz is an iconic italian cocktail that mixes Aperol with Prosecco and soda water. Generally served with a twist of orange wedge and a green olive, the Aperol Spritz has become a popular summer drink around the world. 

There are numerous ways to create a non alcoholic Aperol Spritz, from the choice of alcohol free Aperol substitute to the countless non-alcoholic sparkling wine options. The joy of experiencing can only be topped by finding the combination that is perfect for you. 

Non alcoholic aperol spritz recipe

Ingredients: 

60ml Lyre's Italian Spritz 

60ml  Alcohol free Prosecco such as Thomson & Scott Noughty

30ml Strangelove soda water 

Method: 

Place ice into a large wine glass and pour the ingredients over the top. Stir gently to combine the ingredients. Garnish with a wedge of orange and a green olive. 

The best alcohol free Aperol alternatives 

Lyre’s Italian Spritz 

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The taste: Lyre’s Italian Spritz has all the complexity of a traditional Aperol including the complexity of burnt orange, bitter herbs and rhubarb. Mix it with a non-alcoholic dry prosecco with citrus and melon flavours to complement, pour over ice, add in the dash of soda and a slice of orange and you’ve got the best non-alcoholic spritz available. 

Worth noting: This alternative to Aperol Spritz is vegan and Australian Made.

What customers are saying: “Tasty, impressive and feels a little fancy” – just like us really.

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Lyre's Amalfi Spritz Premix

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The taste: Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz is an easy ready to drink Aperol Spritz alternative that simply needs to be chilled, poured over ice and served with a slice of orange and a green olive.

Worth noting: Each can contains only 72.5 calories, is low in sugar, has less than 0.5% ABV and like the other Lyre products are Australian made, vegan, nut free, and gluten free. 

What customers are saying: “If I was blindfolded and had to do a taste test between these and an Aperol spritz, I honestly don’t know if I would be able to pick the difference. The flavour with this one is SPOT ON!”.

Vera’s Spirit Aperitivo Classico

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The Taste: This aperitif is a homage to the traditional Italian aperitif combining the traditional bitterness with a lingering sweetness. Vera’s Spirit Aperitivo Classico is made in Slovenia with citrus flavours, a long herbaceous finish and aromas of bitter orange, rosemary and thyme. 

Worth noting: This delicious drink is entirely free of artificial flavours and low in sugar.

Naked Life make an aperol spritz rtd

Naked Life Italian Spirit Non-Alcoholic Cocktail 

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The taste: The Naked Life Italian Spirit Non-Alcoholic Cocktail is a sugar-free Aperol Spritz ready to drink. Best described as vibrant and complex, it incorporates bitter orange, rhubarb root, cinchona, gentian root and orange blossom flavours.

Worth noting: This Naked Life mocktail has been carefully crafted with health in mind, containing zero sugar or alcohol, and just 7.5 calories per can. It’s best served chilled, over ice with garnishes of orange slices, green olives and a sprig of rosemary.

Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif

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The taste: South Africa’s Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif is the perfect way to finish off a long week. Serve it with soda or tonic water over ice to make the most of the spicy African Wormwood and Cinchona Bark undertones that emphasise the dominant citrus flavours.

Worth noting: It has only 21 calories per 100 mls, has 0% alcohol and is described by customers as ‘robust’ and ‘delightful’.   

Monday Non-Alcoholic Aperitz Spritz

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The taste: Made by the popular alcohol-free brand The Monday Distillery, this aperol spritz premix was Inspired by the classic Italian Aperol Spritz. Featuring aromas of orange peel, espresso and rosemary and a perfect blend of bitter Italian orange, zesty grapefruit, vermouth along with coffee notes and undertones of tart cherry, this refreshing drink will transport you to straight to summer. 

Worth noting: This aperol spritz rtd is free from artificial additives, flavours and also sugar free. 

What is it about this vibrant coloured, bitter yet refreshing drink that appeals to so many of us? Is it because it conjures up the colours of the Italian coast, the salty breeze of the Mediterranean or is it just because it is the perfect precursor to long, hot, summer nights mixing good friends and good food? 

For me, one of the reasons I love this drink so much is that the alcohol-free version tastes exactly the same as it's alcoholic counterpart, making it one of the best drinks to try if you are looking for convincing alternatives. 

What is Aperol made from?

Vera make an alcohol free aperol alternative

The original Aperol came to be in 1919 after years of experimentation by brothers Luigi and Silvio Barbieri. The drink, an 'Apéro' (Which is French for apéritif) included a combination of oranges (both bitter and sweet), rhubarb, herbs and roots.

And of course, there are many non-alcoholic Aperol alternatives that emulate the classic taste profile of the original drink, such as Lyre's Italian Spritz and Vera Aperitivo Classico. 

What's the difference between Aperol and Campari 

Although both Aperol and Campari are both classic Italian apéritifs, there are some big differences between the two. 

First of all - Aperol and Campari were created in different parts of Italy - Aperol was invented in Padua, and Campari hails from Milan. Secondly, while both drinks are bitter, Campari is more bitter than Aperol. 

There is one big thing that Aperol and Campari have in common - there are lots of fantastic alcohol-free alternatives. 

What exactly is an Aperol Spritz?

There are some amazing aperol spritz alternatives

The Aperol Spritz is an iconic italian cocktail that mixes Aperol with Prosecco and soda water. Generally served with a twist of orange wedge and a green olive, the Aperol Spritz has become a popular summer drink around the world. 

There are numerous ways to create a non alcoholic Aperol Spritz, from the choice of alcohol free Aperol substitute to the countless non-alcoholic sparkling wine options. The joy of experiencing can only be topped by finding the combination that is perfect for you. 

Non alcoholic aperol spritz recipe

Ingredients: 

60ml Lyre's Italian Spritz 

60ml  Alcohol free Prosecco such as Thomson & Scott Noughty

30ml Strangelove soda water 

Method: 

Place ice into a large wine glass and pour the ingredients over the top. Stir gently to combine the ingredients. Garnish with a wedge of orange and a green olive. 

The best alcohol free Aperol alternatives 

Lyre’s Italian Spritz 

 

The taste: Lyre’s Italian Spritz has all the complexity of a traditional Aperol including the complexity of burnt orange, bitter herbs and rhubarb. Mix it with a non-alcoholic dry prosecco with citrus and melon flavours to complement, pour over ice, add in the dash of soda and a slice of orange and you’ve got the best non-alcoholic spritz available. 

Worth noting: This alternative to Aperol Spritz is vegan and Australian Made.

What customers are saying: “Tasty, impressive and feels a little fancy” – just like us really.

Lyre's make the perfect aperol spritz recipe ml

Lyre's Amalfi Spritz Premix

 

The taste: Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz is an easy ready to drink Aperol Spritz alternative that simply needs to be chilled, poured over ice and served with a slice of orange and a green olive.

Worth noting: Each can contains only 72.5 calories, is low in sugar, has less than 0.5% ABV and like the other Lyre products are Australian made, vegan, nut free, and gluten free. 

What customers are saying: “If I was blindfolded and had to do a taste test between these and an Aperol spritz, I honestly don’t know if I would be able to pick the difference. The flavour with this one is SPOT ON!”.

Vera’s Spirit Aperitivo Classico

 

The Taste: This aperitif is a homage to the traditional Italian aperitif combining the traditional bitterness with a lingering sweetness. Vera’s Spirit Aperitivo Classico is made in Slovenia with citrus flavours, a long herbaceous finish and aromas of bitter orange, rosemary and thyme. 

Worth noting: This delicious drink is entirely free of artificial flavours and low in sugar.

Naked Life make an aperol spritz rtd

Naked Life Italian Spirit Non-Alcoholic Cocktail 

 

The taste: The Naked Life Italian Spirit Non-Alcoholic Cocktail is a sugar-free Aperol Spritz ready to drink. Best described as vibrant and complex, it incorporates bitter orange, rhubarb root, cinchona, gentian root and orange blossom flavours.

Worth noting: This Naked Life mocktail has been carefully crafted with health in mind, containing zero sugar or alcohol, and just 7.5 calories per can. It’s best served chilled, over ice with garnishes of orange slices, green olives and a sprig of rosemary.

Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif

 

The taste: South Africa’s Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif is the perfect way to finish off a long week. Serve it with soda or tonic water over ice to make the most of the spicy African Wormwood and Cinchona Bark undertones that emphasise the dominant citrus flavours.

Worth noting: It has only 21 calories per 100 mls, has 0% alcohol and is described by customers as ‘robust’ and ‘delightful’.   

Monday Non-Alcoholic Aperitz Spritz

 

The taste: Made by the popular alcohol-free brand The Monday Distillery, this aperol spritz premix was Inspired by the classic Italian Aperol Spritz. Featuring aromas of orange peel, espresso and rosemary and a perfect blend of bitter Italian orange, zesty grapefruit, vermouth along with coffee notes and undertones of tart cherry, this refreshing drink will transport you to straight to summer. 

Worth noting: This aperol spritz rtd is free from artificial additives, flavours and also sugar free. 

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