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, with a red/orange colour, that is traditionally used within spritzes. As for the taste, you can expect a citrusy yet bitter flavour, made of an infusion of orange, herbs and roots. The primarily orange flavour of the drink certainly lends itself to its association with the summer months. But, as we know, oranges are also a real statement flavour throughout Winter. So, with this in mind, I thought why not take on the challenge of adapting this summer spritz into a wintry treat?

Winter Aperol Spritz - Female Original

Winter Aperol Spritz

To start my experimentation, I headed to my computer to do 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…


Wine glass (or stemless wine glass) | Ice | Stirrer


75 ml Aperol

75 ml Prosecco

25 ml cranberry juice

Half can of fever tree tonic

Dash of cinnamon (like, TINY)

Sprig of rosemary

Slice of orange

Winter Aperol Spritz - Female Original


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. 

Pair it with these tunes

Want to take your Winter Aperol Spritz to the next level? How about listening to these four tunes that I’ve picked out to go perfectly alongside it? Since an Aperol Spritz is typically an afternoon drink, I’ve chosen four songs that I think capture the feeling of a Winter afternoon. Cosy, relaxed and soulful. Let me know what you think of them! 

How about some more cosy cocktails?

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 cosy cocktails here on Female Original, and over on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, so make sure to give me a follow for more recipes. And, if you have a specific spirit that you’d like me to share more recipes around, let me know! 

Read next: French 75 Cocktail Recipe.

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  1. Lucy
    December 6, 2021

    This Winter Aperol drink sounds so nice! x

    Lucy |

    1. femaleoriginal
      December 19, 2021

      Glad to hear that you like the sound of it, Lucy!

  2. Jodie
    December 19, 2021

    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. femaleoriginal
      December 20, 2021

      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 🙂

  3. Aisling
    December 22, 2021

    This looks delicious! I’m going to try and make an alcohol free version! 🙂

    1. femaleoriginal
      December 27, 2021

      Oooh, sounds brilliant! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  4. Simona
    December 29, 2021

    Oh my – Faye, this sounds and looks delicious! I have always connected a spritz to summer, but this winter take is all I need to change my mind!

    1. femaleoriginal
      December 31, 2021

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


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