Winter Aperol Spritz

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Transform your winter evenings with our Winter Aperol Spritz, a festive twist on the classic Italian cocktail that’s as delightful to sip as it is to behold. Infused with the tartness of cranberry and the effervescence of Prosecco, this cocktail is a holiday season must-try. Let’s bring the sparkle of winter festivities to your glass with a recipe that’s as easy as it is enchanting, perfect for crafting your own Christmas Aperol Spritz!

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Inspiration for the Winter Twist

The traditional Aperol Spritz, a beloved summer cocktail, is known for its bright, citrusy notes and effervescent charm. However, as the holiday season approaches, there’s a desire to adapt this classic to fit the winter narrative. The inspiration behind this adaptation is to infuse the cocktail with elements that embody the essence of winter while retaining its original allure. The addition of cranberry juice not only lends a festive color but also introduces a tartness that complements the Aperol’s sweetness, making it an ideal winter beverage.

How to Make a Winter Christmas Aperol Spritz

Get ready to elevate your holiday celebrations with our simple yet elegant Winter Christmas Aperol Spritz recipe, a delightful concoction that’s sure to impress your guests and add a touch of festive sparkle to any gathering.

Ingredients

To create this winter wonder, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Aperol: The key ingredient, Aperol provides a unique bittersweet flavor and vibrant orange color, characteristic of the Spritz.

Prosecco: This Italian sparkling wine adds effervescence and a light, fruity flavor to the cocktail, balancing the Aperol’s bitterness.

Club Soda: Enhances the fizziness and lightens the drink, making it more refreshing.

Cranberry Juice: Introduces a tart, fruity flavor and a beautiful red hue, perfect for the holiday theme.

Orange Wedge and Zest Twist: Adds a citrusy aroma and flavor, complementing the Aperol and Prosecco.

Sprig of Rosemary: Used as a garnish, it adds a touch of winter greenery and an aromatic scent, enhancing the festive presentation.

Preparation

Crafting the Winter Aperol Spritz is a simple yet rewarding endeavor. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Ice the Glass: Begin by filling a wine glass or a large tumbler with ice cubes to ensure the cocktail stays chilled.
  2. Pour in Aperol: Add Aperol to the glass, filling about a third of the way. This gives the cocktail its signature bittersweet flavor and vibrant color.
  3. Add Prosecco: Pour an equal amount of Prosecco into the glass. The Prosecco adds a light, fruity flavor and effervescence to the cocktail.
  4. Splash of Cranberry Juice: Add a splash of cranberry juice for a tart twist and a festive color.
  5. Top with Club Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with club soda to add fizz and lighten the drink.
  6. Stir Gently: Mix the ingredients gently with a stirrer or a spoon to combine the flavors without losing the bubbles.
  7. Garnish: Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and a twist of orange zest for a citrusy aroma. Add a sprig of rosemary for a festive, aromatic touch.
  8. Serve: Serve the Winter Aperol Spritz immediately to enjoy its refreshing and bubbly character.

Winter Christmas Aperol Spritz

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Calories

220

kcal
Total time

5

minutes

Enjoy a festive twist on a classic with our Winter Aperol Spritz, a sparkling blend of Aperol, Prosecco, and cranberry juice, garnished with orange and rosemary.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces 3 Aperol

  • 3 ounces 3 Prosecco

  • 1 ounce 1 Cranberry Juice

  • 2 ounces 2 Club Soda

  • 1 1 Orange Wedge (for garnish)

  • 1 1 Orange Zest Twist (for garnish)

  • 1 Sprig 1 Rosemary (for garnish)

Directions

  • Fill a wine glass or a large tumbler with ice cubes.
  • Add Aperol to the glass, about a third of the way.
  • Pour an equal amount of Prosecco into the glass.
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with club soda.
  • Mix the ingredients gently with a stirrer or a spoon.
  • Garnish with an orange wedge, a twist of orange zest, and a sprig of rosemary.
  • Serve immediately.

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Tips and Tricks

  1. Temperature is Key: Always use chilled Prosecco and Aperol. Serving your Spritz with these ingredients cold ensures a refreshing and crisp taste. If possible, chill your glasses too for that extra frosty touch.
  2. Prosecco Pouring Technique: Pour the Prosecco gently along the side of the glass to preserve its bubbles. This technique maintains the effervescence and lightness of the cocktail, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
  3. Balance Your Bitters: The Aperol-to-Prosecco ratio can make or break your Spritz. Stick to a 1:1 ratio for a well-balanced flavor, but feel free to adjust slightly according to your taste preference for more or less bitterness.
  4. Customize Your Cranberry: Instead of regular cranberry juice, try using cranberry syrup for a richer, deeper flavor. You can make your own by simmering cranberries with sugar and water, then straining. This homemade syrup adds a personal touch and a more intense cranberry flavor.
  5. Garnish with Flair: Go beyond the traditional orange slice and rosemary sprig. Experiment with star anise, cinnamon sticks, or a skewer of sugared cranberries for a festive and aromatic garnish that adds to the visual appeal and aroma of your Christmas Aperol Spritz.
  6. Ice Matters: Use large ice cubes or ice spheres. They melt slower than regular ice cubes, preventing your Spritz from becoming watered down too quickly while you savor it.
  7. Mind the Club Soda: Add club soda last and only a splash. It’s meant to top off the drink and add a slight fizz without diluting the flavors.

Serving Ideas

The Winter Aperol Spritz is not just a drink; it’s a centerpiece that can elevate the ambiance of any holiday party. Serve it in a clear glass to showcase its beautiful color gradient. The cocktail is also a great accompaniment to holiday appetizers and can be a refreshing start to a festive dinner.

For a party, consider serving the Spritz in a large punch bowl or a drink dispenser. This not only makes it easier to serve a crowd but also turns your cocktail into a festive centerpiece.

Variations for a Christmas Aperol Spritz:

To tailor the Winter Aperol Spritz specifically for Christmas, consider adding a few cranberries to the glass for an extra festive look. You can also rim the glass with sugar or garnish with a cinnamon stick to introduce a hint of Christmas spice. For larger gatherings, multiply the recipe and serve it in a punch bowl, allowing guests to help themselves.

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Wrapping Up

The Winter Cranberry Aperol Spritz and its Christmas variation offer a perfect blend of traditional flavors with a festive twist. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or simply enjoying a quiet night by the fireplace, these cocktails are sure to bring a touch of joy and warmth to your winter evenings. So, raise a glass to the season and let the Winter Aperol Spritz become a part of your holiday traditions.

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