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Bicicletta Cocktail

The bicicletta cocktail is a refreshing Italian drink made with a few simple ingredients. It’s not too strong, and definitely not too sweet, so it makes a perfect alfresco cocktail for a warm summer day.

closeup of bicicletta cocktail in a highball glass garnished with a fresh orange slice

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Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Equipment:

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Campari – this bitter liqueur is one of kind, and while Aperol is could work as a substitute, you won’t get the quite same flavor profile
  • White wine – any white wine will do, but this cocktail is typically made with a dry white wine
  • Club soda – sparkling water or seltzer water will also work
overhead image of a bottle of campari with two red cocktails garnished with orange and a cocktail jigger

How to make a bicicletta cocktail

  1. Combine the Campari, white wine and club soda in a cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Stir with a bar spoon until the two ingredients are evenly combined and chilled – about 30 seconds.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice.
Two bicicletta spritz cocktail garnished with oranges

Everything you need to know about spritz cocktails

Where does the spritz come from?

Spritz cocktails have been around for hundreds of years, and they originated in the northern region of Italy during the early 1800s. Their name implies that a splash of water has been added to the cocktail. In modern times, that splash tends to be something bubbly such as sparkling water or soda.

Is Campari and Aperol the same thing?

While they are similar in flavor and both bitter Italian liqueur (also known as amaro), Aperol is sweeter and contains a little more sugar. Campari is a little more bitter and has a higher alcohol content.

When should I drink spritz?

Since Campari is considered an aperitif so the best time to drink a bicicletta spritz would be just before dinner, but you can definitely enjoy it anytime you want. Our favorite time to serve this cocktail is on a warm summer evening.

overhead closeup of Campari spritz garnished with an orange slice

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Bicicletta Cocktail

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Liqueur
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

The bicicletta cocktail is a refreshing Italian spritz made with a few simple ingredients. It’s not too strong, and definitely not too sweet, so it makes a perfect alfresco cocktail for a warm summer day.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 ounces Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounces white wine
  • 1 1/2 ounces club soda

For garnish: orange slice


Instructions

  1. Combine Campari and white wine in a highball glass.
  2. Fill the glass two-third with ice. Stir for about 30 seconds to chill the cocktail.
  3. Top with club soda and gently stir.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice.

Keywords: spritz cocktail, Campari spritz, bicicletta, aperitif cocktail, amaro cocktail

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