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Christmas Aperol Spritz

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Christmas Aperol Spritz is a festive twist on the classic Aperol Spritz recipe made with cranberry.

Christmas Aperol Spritz

Let’s make a Christmas Aperol Spritz. If you love a classic Aperol Spritz then you’ll love this winter or festive twist on the classic cocktail. The addition of cranberry juice with the orange flavor of Aperol and the bubbles of Prosecco and club soda are the ultimate combination.

What makes it a Christmas Aperol Spritz? Adding cranberry juice along with the festive garnish of frozen cranberries and a fresh rosemary spring. If you’ve never had a Aperol spritz it’s a light cocktail and the cranberry juice makes it perfect as a festive cocktail for a Christmas party. Some may call this a Winter Aperol Spritz… all I know is that it is delicious.

For the past couple of summers Aperol Spritz have been my go to drink. I’ve even made a pineapple Aperol Spritz. Also I just love taking a classic cocktail recipe and giving it a seasonal twist.

The holiday season is all about entertaining. When I throw a dinner or a Christmas party I like to make a signature cocktail. In the past I have made Christmas margaritas, Christmas punch and even Christmas cranberry mimosas.

Christmas Aperol Spritz Ingredients

What is Aperol?

Aperol is an Apéritif which is a drink usually served before a meal. It is a liqueur from Italy by Campari made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. Although it’s made of these ingredients when served with an orange it almost taste like a refreshing orange spritzer. 

Christmas Aperol Spritz Ingredients

  • Aperol– A bright orange liqueur that has a strong orange flavor. It can be found in the liqueur section of the liquor store.
  • Cranberry Juice– Use cranberry juice cocktail for this recipe, not 100% juice. Cranberry cocktail is much sweeter.
  • Prosecco– A sparkling Italian wine. A dry (brut) Prosecco works best.
  • Club Soda– Adds a great fizz.
  • Oranges– Sliced oranges are not only a beautiful garnish but the citrus compliments the Aperol.
  • Cranberries – Frozen cranberries for garnish help keep the drink cold but fresh cranberries also work just put them in the freezer for an hour or so.
  • Rosemary – A sprig of rosemary adds a nice holiday twist mimicking pine or evergreen.
Christmas Aperol Spritz

How to Make a Christmas Aperol Spritz

  1. In a red wine or tall glass fill with ice.
  2. Pour cranberry juice, Aperol and then Prosecco over the ice.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with oranges, frozen cranberries and rosemary.

Christmas Aperol Spritz

holiday aperol spritz

Christmas Aperol Spritz is a festive twist on the classic Aperol Spritz recipe made with cranberry. A light Christmas cocktail perfect for a Christmas party.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 4 oz Prosecco
  • A Splash of Club Soda
  • Slices of Fresh Oranges
  • Frozen Cranberries
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Instructions

  1. In a red wine or tall glass fill with ice.
  2. First pour cranberry juice, Aperol and Prosecco over the ice.
  3. Top with club soda
  4. Garnish with orange slices, cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

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