This winter Aperol spritz is the perfect cocktail for the holiday season. It's as refreshing as the original, but with a festive spin. We replaced the traditional soda water with cranberry juice and garnished with fresh cranberries, an orange twist, and rosemary.
What is An Aperol Spritz?
Aperol is an Italian aperitif, traditionally served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. It has a bittersweet citrus flavor that people tend to love or hate.
An Aperol spritz is an Italian cocktail consisting of Aperol, Prosecco (a type of sparkling wine), and soda water. It's a refreshing drink that's usually associated with summer. To make this more suitable for winter, we replaced the club soda with a splash of cranberry juice cocktail.
Why We Love This Cocktail
It's easy: This winter Aperol spritz doesn't even require a cocktail shaker. Just throw the 3 ingredients together in a wine glass, stir, and serve (garnishes optional)!
It's refreshing AND festive: Sometimes winter cocktails feel a little heavier than summer ones. I have nothing against rich winter flavors, but this winter Aperol spritz manages to feel festive, yet still light and refreshing.
Ingredients Notes and Substitutions
Prosecco: Choose a dry prosecco like brut.
Cranberry juice cocktail: Make sure you get cranberry juice cocktail, not 100% cranberry juice. We love 100% juice, but not for this recipe—the sweetness in the juice cocktail pairs well with the somewhat bitter Aperol and the dry prosecco.
Aperol: You can buy Aperol at most liquor stores.
Optional garnishes: An orange, rosemary sprigs, and fresh cranberries
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Add ice to a wine glass. Pour in the prosecco, Aperol, and cranberry juice and stir to combine.
Step 2: Garnish with an orange slice or orange twist (see tutorial here on how to make your own orange twist), fresh cranberries, and a sprig of rosemary. Serve!
Food Pairing Ideas
Because Aperol Spritzes are traditionally served before dinner, they're usually accompanied with pre-dinner snacks. Try serving yours with a few of our favorite appetizers:
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Just add a splash of soda water to the top. We like ours without it, but the soda water would make this more similar to the traditional version.
Yes. Any dry sparkling white wine works well in this recipe. Prosecco is just the most traditional choice.
Serve this winter aperol spritz with a light appetizer before dinner.