How to make a Winter Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Transform the classic summery Aperol Spritz into a seasonal Winter Aperol Spritz with just a couple of extra ingredients!

Winter aperol spritz cocktails served in stemless wine glasses with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig

If you’ve ever had an Aperol Spritz, you know what a refreshing and effervescent cocktail it is. It has basically been dubbed the unofficial cocktail of the summer for the last couple of years. But why only drink them in the summertime? With just a few simple, seasonal swaps, you can enjoy a Winter Aperol Spritz too!

A bottle of Aperol and a bottle of prosecco on a marble table

What is Aperol?

The base of any Aperol Spritz is Aperol, an aperitif. Fun fact: its name comes from the French slang word for aperitif, which is apero. An aperitif is a drink (typically alcoholic, and dry/bitter in flavor) that is normally served before a meal.

Aperol is bright orange in color with a bittersweet taste deriving from the infusion of a blend of high-quality herbs and roots.

a pair of Aperol Spritz cocktails on a marble table with winter decor

The difference between an Aperol Spritz and a Winter Aperol Spritz is just a few ingredients

A traditional Aperol Spritz is made from Aperol, Prosecco, and Sparkling water poured over ice and garnished with an orange wedge.

But with a few seasonal ingredient modifications you can easily have a winter version of this popular cocktail!

Winter aperol spritz cocktails served in stemless wine glasses with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig

Here’s what you’ll need to make a winter spritz:

  • Aperol
  • Pomegranate juice (cranberry juice would also work!)
  • Prosecco
  • Sparkling water or club soda

For the garnishes, a grapefruit wedge, a sprig of rosemary and a few pomegranate arils give this cocktail its wintery vibe.

Overhead view of winter cocktails served over ice with pomegranate seeds and a rosemary sprig

How to make a Winter Aperol Spritz

This is quite possibly one of the simplest cocktails to make, since no mixing, stirring or shaking is required! Fill a glass with ice and top with ingredients in the order that they are listed in the recipe, followed by the garnishes. By layering the ingredients in this order, the Winter Aperol Spritz takes on a lovely gradient hue that reminds me of a vibrant winter sunset!

More winter cocktail recipes to try

Winter aperol spritz cocktails served in stemless wine glasses with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig

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Winter Aperol Spritz

Transform the classic summery Aperol Spritz into a seasonal Winter Aperol Spritz with just a couple of extra ingredients!

Course Drink, Drinks
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword beverage, cocktail, cocktails with rosemary
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 3 ounces prosecco
  • 1 ounce club soda or sparkling water
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish
  • Sprig of rosemary for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass with ice and top with Aperol and pomegranate juice. Add prosecco and club soda.
  2. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary. Serve immediately.

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