Winter Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe – cocktail hour

Winter Aperol Spritz - Female Original

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 cocktail with a sprig of rosemary.
Winter Aperol Spritz cocktail with a sprig of rosemary.

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.

Winter Aperol Spritz cocktail with a sprig of rosemary.

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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.

8 thoughts on “Winter Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe – cocktail hour

  1. This sounds like a delicious and festive drink Faye! I love the colour and the tweaking of the summer recipe, which I find is a bit too sweet for me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad to hear that you like the sound of it, Jodie! That’s why I usually swap out the soda water for tonic water when I make an Aperol Spritz – it makes them slightly less sweet 🙂

    1. Thanks, Simona! I’ve always thought the same, which is why I was so determined to try out Wintry spritzes 🙂

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