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The difference between Aperol and Campari

Aperol and Campari are two popular Italian aperitifs with a bitter orange flavour, and although they do have a few similarities, there are some key differences.

If you are looking for a non-alcoholic alternative to Aperol or Campari, it’s important to understand their differences so you can make the perfect mocktail

Some fundamental differences include where they come from - Aperol was first created in Padua, while Campari hails from Milan. And although both are bitter, Campari is more bitter, while Aperol tends to be on the sweeter side. 

What is Aperol made from and what is Campari made from? 

What is Aperol made from? Aperol’s recipe is top secret but it does include citrus oil from both sweet and bitter oranges, rhubarb, gentian root and cinchona bark. Campari’s recipe is also a closely guarded secret, with the only known ingredients being water and alcohol, which are blended together with “bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit”, according to the company.

How does Aperol alcohol content compare to Campari? 

An easy way to remember which has the highest alcohol content is that the redder the colour, the more bitter and higher in alcohol the aperitif is. That means, with its crimson red colour, that Campari is higher in alcohol and Aperol is lower. Aperol alcohol content is only 11% ABV (alcohol by volume), whereas Campari can range from 20.5% to 28.5% ABV, depending on where you purchase it.

An Aperol spritz ready to drink!

In Australia, Campari’s alcohol content is 25% ABV. Of course, you can buy an alcohol-free Campari alternative such as Lyre’s Italian Orange and alcohol free Aperol such as Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

Aperol Calories Vs Campari soda calories 

If you’re concerned about Aperol spritz calories or Campari soda calories, you can breathe a sigh of relief. With a large part of these mixed drinks being soda water, they are a lower calorie alternative to many other cocktails and mocktails - whether you’re drinking the alcoholic or the alcohol free versions. This recipe for Noughty Spritz featuring Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice, which is only 3.3 calories per 100mls, is less than 25 calories per serve. 

All the non-alcoholic alternatives of both Aperol and Campari are lower in calories than the originals. In fact, some of the Aperol Spritz premix cans available are very low in calories, for example, Naked Life Italian Spritz is only 3 calories per 100ml. 

Mocktails & cocktails 

Studying the aperol spritz recipe

Both Aperol and Campari lend themselves to delicious summertime cocktails and mocktails.  Here are a few of my favourites. 

Non alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe 

The Blurb: A totally alcohol free version of the Italian classic. 

Get the recipe: Noughty Spritz 

Get the ingredients: 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

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Odd Bird Spumante Veneto Prosecco

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Campari alternatives  

Lyre's Italian Orange

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What customers are saying: "Campari is my favourite alcoholic drink and this is a very good imitation. Highly recommend." 

Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif

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What customers are saying: "Absolutely love this drink. Took the advice and mixed with sofa and twist of orange. Perfect!" 

Aperol Alternatives 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

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What customers are saying: "This is now my go-to replacement for Aperol. It is smooth and not at all sweet. I have used with both no alcohol and alcoholic sparkling and it tastes fantastic in both." 

Vera Spirit Aperitivo Classico

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Aperol spritz premix 

Lyre's Amalfi Spritz Premix Drinks

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What customers are saying: "I love these! Such a delish tasting drink! Ad a block of ice and orange rind & it’s perfecto! Just ordered a case." 

Naked Life Italian Spritz Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

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What customers are saying: "I love this Italian spritz! It's so full of flavour, It’s become my new go-to and tastes just like an Aperol Spritz. Serve in a wine glass full of ice and some orange slices and I feel like I’m having one of my favourite summer cocktails." 

If you are looking for a non-alcoholic alternative to Aperol or Campari, it’s important to understand their differences so you can make the perfect mocktail

Some fundamental differences include where they come from - Aperol was first created in Padua, while Campari hails from Milan. And although both are bitter, Campari is more bitter, while Aperol tends to be on the sweeter side. 

What is Aperol made from and what is Campari made from? 

What is Aperol made from? Aperol’s recipe is top secret but it does include citrus oil from both sweet and bitter oranges, rhubarb, gentian root and cinchona bark. Campari’s recipe is also a closely guarded secret, with the only known ingredients being water and alcohol, which are blended together with “bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit”, according to the company.

How does Aperol alcohol content compare to Campari? 

An easy way to remember which has the highest alcohol content is that the redder the colour, the more bitter and higher in alcohol the aperitif is. That means, with its crimson red colour, that Campari is higher in alcohol and Aperol is lower. Aperol alcohol content is only 11% ABV (alcohol by volume), whereas Campari can range from 20.5% to 28.5% ABV, depending on where you purchase it.

An Aperol spritz ready to drink!

In Australia, Campari’s alcohol content is 25% ABV. Of course, you can buy an alcohol-free Campari alternative such as Lyre’s Italian Orange and alcohol free Aperol such as Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

Aperol Calories Vs Campari soda calories 

If you’re concerned about Aperol spritz calories or Campari soda calories, you can breathe a sigh of relief. With a large part of these mixed drinks being soda water, they are a lower calorie alternative to many other cocktails and mocktails - whether you’re drinking the alcoholic or the alcohol free versions. This recipe for Noughty Spritz featuring Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice, which is only 3.3 calories per 100mls, is less than 25 calories per serve. 

All the non-alcoholic alternatives of both Aperol and Campari are lower in calories than the originals. In fact, some of the Aperol Spritz premix cans available are very low in calories, for example, Naked Life Italian Spritz is only 3 calories per 100ml. 

Mocktails & cocktails 

Studying the aperol spritz recipe

Both Aperol and Campari lend themselves to delicious summertime cocktails and mocktails.  Here are a few of my favourites. 

Non alcoholic Aperol Spritz recipe 

The Blurb: A totally alcohol free version of the Italian classic. 

Get the recipe: Noughty Spritz 

Get the ingredients: 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

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Odd Bird Spumante Veneto Prosecco

 

Campari alternatives  

Lyre's Italian Orange

 

What customers are saying: "Campari is my favourite alcoholic drink and this is a very good imitation. Highly recommend." 

Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif

 

What customers are saying: "Absolutely love this drink. Took the advice and mixed with sofa and twist of orange. Perfect!" 

Aperol Alternatives 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

What customers are saying: "This is now my go-to replacement for Aperol. It is smooth and not at all sweet. I have used with both no alcohol and alcoholic sparkling and it tastes fantastic in both." 

Vera Spirit Aperitivo Classico

Aperol spritz premix 

Lyre's Amalfi Spritz Premix Drinks

 

What customers are saying: "I love these! Such a delish tasting drink! Ad a block of ice and orange rind & it’s perfecto! Just ordered a case." 

Naked Life Italian Spritz Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

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