We all love an Aperol Spritz on a sunny afternoon, but as the cooler months start to arrive, it’s time to look for a replacement for our favourite Summer spritzer. Lucky for you, I’ve come up with the perfect Wintry spritz that has all the essence of the classic Aperol Spritz – with a festive twist. Shall we take a look at how to make your own Winter Aperol Spritz this season?
What is Aperol, anyway?
Aperol is an Italian aperitif – red/orange in colour – that’s traditionally used within spritzes. As for the taste, you can expect a citrusy-yet-bitter flavour which is made from an infusion of orange, herbs and roots. The prominent orange flavour of the drink certainly lends itself to its association with the summer months. But, oranges are also a great statement flavour throughout Winter. With this in mind, I thought why not take on the challenge of adapting this summer spritz into a wintry treat? Take a look at this wintry alternative to an Aperol Spritz.
Winter Aperol Spritz
To start my experimentation, I did a bit of research into some of the Winter Aperol Spritz recipes that were already out there. I tested out a fair few recipes but, if I’m completely honest, most of them SUCKED. They all ended up tasting almost exactly like an Aperol Spritz, which completely defeats the point of creating something new, right? Anyway, a few experiments later, I finally cracked the recipe. And here it is…
75 ml Aperol
75 ml Prosecco
25 ml cranberry juice
Half a can of fever tree tonic
Dash of cinnamon (like, TINY)
Sprig of rosemary
Slice of orange
Wine glass (or stemless wine glass) | Ice | Stirrer
Fill your wine glass halfway with ice cubes.
Add the Aperol, cranberry juice and prosecco into the glass.
Add the dash of ground cinnamon into the glass and give the mixture a stir.
Top the drink with 75ml Fever Tree tonic.
To finish, add the sprig of rosemary and a slice of orange. Serve and enjoy.
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What do you think of the sound of the Winter Aperol Spritz? Will you be trying it out for yourself this Christmas or will you be sticking to some of your old favourites? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be sharing even more warming cocktails here on Female Original, and over on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, so make sure to give me a follow for more recipes. Liked this? Give my French 75 cocktail recipe a go.