Is Aperol Spritz Vegan?
What better way is there to soak up the evening sun than with a chilled glass of Aperol Spritz in hand? This fizzy bitter-sweet orange cocktail is loved by many, but is it suitable for anyone on a vegan diet? Keep reading to find out.
An Aperol Spritz, or Spritz Veneziano, is a world-famous prosecco-based cocktail with an Italian origin. It’s made from Aperol, prosecco and a splash soda water generally served in a stemmed wine over ice with a slice of fresh orange.
The Aperol itself is an Italian bitter apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. But overall is it a vegan cocktail?
Is an Aperol Spritz vegan?
Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no.
Aperol, the apéritif is vegan-friendly according to its website – they state that Aperol does not contain any egg or dairy, or albumen, lactose or casein making it suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. But what about the rest of the cocktail?
It’s safe to say that soda water is vegan-friendly, but it’s the prosecco used that might be a red flag when it comes to those of us on a plant-based diet.
Why might Aperol Spritz not be vegan?
You’ll be happy to know that most proseccos are 100% vegan, but sometimes during a wine’s fining process non-vegan methods are used. Products like casein, isinglass, gelatin and albumin can be used to clarify the drink.
So with the right plant-based bubbly, you and your vegan pals can enjoy an Aperol Spritz or two this summer. Read more about vegan proseccos (including our favourite brands) here.
Keep your plant-based questions coming our way through the comments section below!
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.