Holiday Aperol Spritz Recipe

Prep Time:5 mins

Cook Time:0

Total Time:5 mins



This light and refreshing Holiday Aperol Spritz is the perfect Christmas cocktail. It has tangy cranberry juice, Aperol, and prosecco.


  • 3 oz. Aperol
  • 4 oz prosecco
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2–3 oz. topo chico
  • 1 slice of fresh orange
  • 1 sprig of rosemary

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  1. To a tall wine glass, add one large ice cube (we use this mold).
  2. Pour Aperol, prosecco, cranberry juice and topo chico over the top. Give gentle stir.
  3. Garnish with orange slice and sprig of rosemary.


  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 346
  • Sugar: 46 g
  • Sodium: 8 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Easy Winter Aperol Spritz

When looking for holiday cocktails, I want something that’s boozy and festive, but also light. Between the food and maybe being tempted for another beverage, I don’t want something too strong and heavy. A Holiday Aperol Spritz does just the trick.

This cocktail has tangy cranberry juice that adds a little holiday twist. I love that it’s tart and citrusy and not too sweet. And the best part is the bubbles! What’s more festive than that?! Prosecco and sparkling water are in there to add that little bit of magic.

And don’t forget the garnishes. Is it even a fancy Christmas cocktail without a garnish? I don’t think so. Adding a sprig of rosemary and a slice of orange creates the perfect holiday cocktail that everyone’s going to love!

Why You’ll Love This Holiday Cocktail Recipe

There’s no doubt you’re going to love my Holiday Aperol Spritz. Here’s why:

  • You can make one or many. It’s really easy to batch up this recipe to make more than one. You can easily mix everything in a pitcher for easy party serving.
  • It’s pretty! Ok, this seems a little silly, but seriously…look at it! It’s the perfect color for the holidays and the garnishes are beautiful!
  • It’s easy to make. There’s no juicing involved and there are only 4 ingredients. Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you need to make a Holiday Aperol Spritz:

  • Aperol: It’s citrusy with a big orange flavor and it pairs perfectly with cranberry juice.
  • Cranberry Juice: I prefer to use 100% cranberry juice, but you can use cranberry juice cocktail it will just be a little sweeter.
  • Prosecco: Champagne would also work, but Prosecco is just as tasty and more affordable.
  • Topo Chico: This is a Mexican sparkling water. You can also use club soda or whatever sparkling water you can find.
  • Fresh Orange Slices and Rosemary Sprig: This is for garnish and I recommend using both, but you can use just one if that’s all that you have.

What is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian aperitif which means that it’s a liquor meant to be enjoyed before a meal to stimulate your appetite.

It has a bright orange-red hue and hints of citrus, herbs, and vanilla. It’s a bit tart, but smooth enough that you can drink it on its own, too.

How to Make a Holiday Aperol Spritz

Follow these simple steps to make this quick and easy cocktail.

First, add all of the ingredients to a tall wine glass. You can add ice to the glass, too. I like to use oversized cocktail ice cubes like this one.

Then gently stir together and serve! Don’t forget to add the orange slice and rosemary sprig for garnish.

Tips for Success

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making this cocktail.

  • A wine glass is best for Aperol spritz. You can also use a highball glass.
  • Alternative garnish ideas: If you don’t have rosemary or oranges, that’s ok! You could also use fresh cranberries or a cinnamon stick.
  • Buy decent prosecco. You don’t have to buy the most expensive bottle, but if you buy the cheapest, you’ll be able to tell. I recommend splurging a little around the holidays for a quality cocktail! Also, don’t forget to put the stopper in the bottle between making cocktails.

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