I first fell for the delicious-ness that is a Spritz almost two years ago while on vacation (see here). We were staying in a little beach town with lots of wind surfing and cute little bar/restaurants right along the shoreline and everywhere we went I kept seeing “Spritz” on the menu.
I am not sure if I’d even had an Aperol Spritz before, but I quickly discovered that I loved them! They are both refreshing and flavorful, being a fairly light cocktail that still manages to showcase bold flavors.
Which sounds like the prefect beach day cocktail, right? I think so. But lately, even though the weather is cold and anything but beach-like, I’ve been in the mood for a Spritz again.
So I decided to slightly change up this classic cocktail to include one of my favorite flavors of the season: cranberries. The slightly bitter taste of cranberry and Aperol go perfectly with champagne or prosecco bubbles. And cocktails with bubbles always feel right for a holiday get together or NYE, so cheers!
3 parts Champagne or Prosecco
1 part Aperol
1 part cranberry juice
cranberry ice cube and orange wedge, optional
Combine the first three ingredients over ice in a wine glass. Garnish and serve chilled.
If you want your drink to feel extra festive, you can freeze some cranberries in your ice cubes beforehand to add a really pretty presentation element.
This drink is pretty simple to make—just one or two servings (use a small bottle of champagne if that’s all you need) or you can open a few regular-sized bottles if you’re having a party!
This is seriously such an easy and delicious cocktail to throw together—I’m totally obsessed with them this season! xo. Emma
P.S. Check out 20 Easy Cocktails for Any Occasion for more recipes!