A little fruity, a little sweet, and a lot refreshing. This Rosé Aperol Spritz takes a twist on the classic cocktail subbing out the prosecco for sparkling rosé for a light and fizzy beverage.
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About this Cocktail
Whether it’s a hot day and you’re looking for something refreshing or 5 o’clock has rolled around and you’re wanting a pre-dinner drink (an aperitif!), this spritz is calling your name.
This drink gives a twist to the traditional Aperol Spritz is replacing prosecco with sparkling wine. A chilled glass of rosé is enjoyable on its own, but becomes absolutely delightful in this Rosé Aperol Spritz. It’s hard to call this a “recipe” because it’s so dang simple and any at home mixologist can make it.
I surely will NOT get behind the New York Times calling an Aperol Spritz "not a good drink." because it's truly one of my favorite cocktail recipes! One of their complaints is that the drink gets diluted as the ice cubes melt, but bartending hack: freeze some of your rosé in an ice cube tray and you can have rosé cubes instead and avoid a watered down drink.
And if you’re looking for another light and refreshing cocktail, be sure to also check out this Limoncello Spritz, this Strawberry Martini, this Sparkling Peach Sangria or this Skinny Lemonade Mojito I’m sure you’ll love, too.
- Sparkling Rosé Wine - I chose sparkling to mimic the champagne bubbles in a regular spritz, but you could also use regular rosé for a less fizzy drink.
- Aperol - Did you know that Aperol is meant to be sipped before a meal? So European. But if you don't have any, try this Limoncello Spritz instead!
- Club Soda - A splash of club soda will amp up the bubbles.
- Fresh Orange Slices - An orange slice on the rim of the glass is a classic spritz garnish. Fresh strawberries would be welcomed, too!
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
- Bubbly: Instead of the sparkling rosé, use prosecco for a more classic spritz or champagne works too! Or get fancy and make a Rose Prosecco Cocktail with rose prosecco (yes it is a thing!), which is a blend of Pinot Noir and Glera grapes.
- Aperol: You can swap the alcohol for Campari, which is more bitter and will have a stronger alcohol flavor or use Contratto Aperitif which is between the two in strength and sweetness.
- Soda: Any sparkling bevarage will do. Club Soda, tonic water, Sprite, La Croix, etc. Use what you have on hand and even get creative with flavors!
How to Make This Recipe
1. Add ice to three wine glasses. Measure 1.5 oz Aperol into each glass.
2. Pour the chilled rose into each wine glass, equally and top each with 1 oz of club soda.
3. Garnish with an orange wedge and fresh mint sprig. Serve chilled!
- If the rosé is very dry, you may want to add 0.5oz of simple syrup to help cut a bit of the bitterness of the aperol.
- Freeze some of your rosé in an ice cube tray to add instead of ice and avoid a watered down cocktail.
- Serve in a large wine glass to expose it’s beautiful pink color.
- This drink is a crowd pleaser! But I do not recommend making it into a pitcher of cocktails, as you’ll lose all of the bubbles.
more of our favorite Fruity Cocktail Recipes...
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- Frozen Raspberry Prosecco Sangria
- Watermelon Vodka Slush
- Blood Orange Moscow Mule
- Sparkling Peach Sangria
- Blueberry Lemonade Vodka
- Rose Aperol Spritz
- Strawberry Martini
An Aperol Spritz is considered an aperitivo, which means a ‘pre-dinner drink’. Kind of like an appetizer but in liquid form. Think happy hour, European style. But of course, enjoy whenever you’d like because this drink is absolutely delicious all times of day.
This is a lighter drink as aperol is only 11% alcohol by volume and sparkling rosé is typically 10-12%, depending on the brand. These ingredients diluted down with the club soda keep the booze level relatively low, which again is a great reason to have as a pre-dinner drink!
Aperol is an Italian liqueur that is considered an ‘amaro’ which translates to little bitter (although a quite sweet bitter).
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Rosé Aperol Spritz
- shot jigger
- wine glass
- Cutting Board
- 1 bottle Sparkling Rosé Wine, chilled
- 4.5 oz Aperol
- 3 oz club soda
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1.5 oz simple syrup, optional
- sprig of mint, for garnish
- Add ice to three wine glasses. Measure 1.5 oz Aperol into each glass.
- Pour the chilled rose into each wine glass, equally and top each with 1 oz of club soda.
- Garnish with an orange wedge and fresh mint sprig. Serve chilled!
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NOTE: this is counting the alcohol as strictly carbs - remember, if you are counting your macros & alcohol, this is a good reference: Macrostax | How To Calculate Alcohol for Macro Counting
TO COUNT YOUR ALCOHOL AS A CARBOHYDRATE: Use the total number of calories in a drink divided by 4 (Example: 5 ounces of Red Zinfandel = 132 calories 132 calories/4 = 33g Carbs. TO COUNT YOUR ALCOHOL AS A FAT: Use the total number of calories in a drink divided by 9 (Example: 5 ounces of Red Zinfandel = 132 calories 132 calories/9 = 15g Fat) TO COUNT YOUR ALCOHOL AS BOTH A CARBOHYDRATE AND A FAT: Use the a portion of the total number of calories in a drink divided by 4 Use the remainder of the total number of calories in a drink divided by 9. Example: 5 ounces of Red Zinfandel = 132 calories 66 calories/4 = 16.5g Carbs 66 calories/9 = 7g Fat
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