Amaro Spritz Recipe

By Timo Torner / Last updated on May 7, 2023

The Amaro Spritz cocktail is a refreshing bittersweet sip that follows the classic Spritz ratio of 3-2-1 but is based on two different Italian herbal liqueurs instead of one.
Amaro Spritz on wooden table with orange

Prosecco spumante or your sparkling wine of choice, two different Amari, and chilled soda water are the ingredients you need for making this tasty Amaro Spritz. This easy-to-make drink is the perfect aperitivo cocktail to serve at your next dinner party.

Quick Facts Amaro Spritz

  • Method: built in glass
  • Flavor profile: refreshing, bittersweet
  • How to serve it: over ice
  • Best glassware: wine glass
  • Alcohol content: ~ 11% ABV, 20 grams of alcohol per serving
Amaro Spritz on wooden table and leaves on the side

Amaro Spritz Cocktail Recipe

A refreshing and easy-to-make Spritz cocktail made with sparkling wine, two types of Amaro, and chilled soda water.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: amaro, Prosecco, soda water, Spritz
Servings: 1


  • 1 Bar spoon


  • 3 oz Dry Prosecco spumante - (or another dry sparkling wine)
  • 1 oz Amaro Nonino
  • 1 oz Cynar
  • 1 oz Soda water
  • 1 slice Orange


  • Add ice cubes, Prosecco, and both Amari to a wine glass and gently stir with a bar spoon.
    3 oz Dry Prosecco spumante, 1 oz Amaro Nonino, 1 oz Cynar
  • Top with chilled soda water and garnish with a slice of orange.
    1 oz Soda water, 1 slice Orange


Make sure that all ingredients are chilled. Simply put the two Amaro liqueurs, Prosecco, and soda water in the fridge a few hours before making this drink.


Serving: 6.5oz
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As straightforward as the recipe is, using the right ingredients is essential to master the drink. Here's what you'll need and why we pick this combination for our Amaro Spritz:

  • Amaro Nonino - If you're into Grappa, Nonino Quintessentia is an ideal Amaro liqueur. The Italian herbal liqueur is based on Nonino's famous Grappa and flavored with a variety of roots and herbs. It has an excellent balance of bitter and sweet, which makes it great as a base for mixed drinks.
  • Cynar - This Amaro liqueur is best known for its main ingredient: artichoke leaves. It's more sweet than bitter, with subtle but surprising caramel notes. 
  • Soda water - You can use club soda, sparkling mineral water, or Seltzer. As long as it brings enough bubbles to the drink, it fits the brief.
  • Sparkling wine - I prefer an extra dry Prosecco spumante (not frizzante) to balance out the sweet notes from Cynar. If you can't that, look for another extra dry or brut sparkling wine. 
  • Orange slices - Adding an orange slice is the best way to garnish any Spritz. It complements the flavors in most Amari extremely well.

Note: If you are confused by the terms dry, extra dry, and brut on the label of your sparkling wine of choice: 

Dry is still relatively high in sugar because the term goes way back to when bubbly was much sweeter than it is today. What was dry then is actually considered quite sweet today. Hence, opt for extra dry or brut in cocktails.  

How to Make an Amaro Spritz - Pro Tips

The ingredients are mixed right in the glass. No shaker or mixing glass is needed. -A bar spoon will help incorporate the ingredients.

Making this refreshing Spritz cocktail is easy. Just follow the standard Spritz ratio of 3 parts sparkling wine, 2 parts liqueurs, and 1 part sparkling water.

You may want to chill all these ingredients and the glass, so the ice doesn't melt too quickly. Work with large, clear ice cubes to bring this drink to the next level. Crystal clear cubes in your cocktail (instead of cloudy ice) will melt slower and also look impressive.

The art of making perfectly clear ice cubes at home is not as hard to master as you may think. What you need, though, is the right tools, technique, and time.


This drink goes by the name Amaro Spritz for a reason. You can replace the two Amari we use in our recipe with any other Amaro. For instance, combine Campari and Nonino for a more bitter version or Amaro Averna and Cynar for a sweeter one. There's plenty of room for experiments.

However, not all combinations work for everyone. We tried to pair Campari with Cynar and found the two don't go awfully well together. Mixing Cynar with a more moderate Amaro, like Montenegro, worked much better. My preferred pairing for Cynar, though, is still Nonino.

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More About Spritz Cocktails

The Amaro Spritz cocktail, like Spritzes in general, is an Italian aperitivo drink. With its light taste and low ABV, it's a regular serve before dinner to prepare your stomach for the upcoming meal.

The first Spritzes came up as early as the 19th century. Back then, Amari were not part of the recipe. Austrian soldiers created the drink when they diluted too-strong Italian wines with sparkling water.

In the 1950s, Aperol started incorporating their herbal, bittersweet liqueur in the formula. In our recipe, we replace the Aperol base with a combination of two Amaro liqueurs: Amaro Nonino and Cynar.

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