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When I host Summertime parties, the classic
When hot Summer days start to give way to cool Autumn evenings, though, I like to put my variation on this spritz recipe by incorporating cranberry juice! It's an unbelievably delicious summer drink, but putting a twist on the traditional Italian cocktail can make it a great drink for any season!
- Cubed Ice
- Prosecco - An Italian sparkling wine from an Italian village of the same name. It is labeled with a "controlled indication of origin" (D.O.C. = Designation of Origin), which means that only white sparkling wine from specific regions in Italy can bear the name Prosecco. These D.O.C.s exist throughout the spirits industry to preserve quality and heritage.
- Aperol - With its very approachable bitterness, enhanced by the emphasized orange and rhubarb flavor, and an alcohol by volume of only 11%, it is a beautiful entry-level bitter liqueur for inexperienced palates.
- Soda Water
- Orange Wedge or Disc for Garnish
See the recipe card for quantities.
Fill your glassware of choice with cubed ice.
Then, pour 2 oz of Prosecco into each glass.
Next, add 1 ½ oz
Once your cocktails have been crafted, you can garnish them with an orange slice or orange wedges.
To get a "Spritzer," remove the bitter element altogether and use three parts white wine to 1 part soda (usually served without garnish). This is traditionally more common in Austria, Germany, and the UK.
- Measuring Tools /
- Serving Glasses - wine glass, high ball or rocks glass
💭 Top tips
When preparing your cocktails at home, it's essential that you hold your highball glasses from the bottom and avoid touching the rim. If you're preparing your cocktails in the traditional wine glass, be sure By doing this, you help keep your chilled glass nice and cool – which makes the cocktail taste that much better!
And are you already wondering, "How do I chill a cocktail glass properly?" The most efficient way to get a perfectly chilled glass is to put them in the freezer beforehand. I usually like to give it at least a half hour, but if you're like me and plan to have friends and family over for backyard grilling and dinner parties this summer, you could also throw your glasses in the night before.
If you don't have that kind of freezer space or that kind of time between refills for your guests, another method you could adopt is filling each cocktail glass with ice cubes while you prepare your garnish. Once you're done, you can dump out the ice and start pouring the cocktail.
In an attempt to protect our environment, one final tip is that I highly encourage you to avoid using disposable straws whenever possible. If you can, use metal or paper straws or forgo them altogether.
Aperol is an orange-tasting bitter liqueur from Italy. With its very approachable bitterness, accented by orange and rhubarb flavors, and its alcohol by volume of only 11%, this is a wonderful entry-level amaro for inexperienced palates.
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How to make an Aperol Spritz?
- Measuring tools / Jigger
- Serving Glasses
- Cubed ice to fill up the glasses
- 4 oz Prosecco
- 3 oz Aperol
- 1 ½ oz Soda water
- Orange wedge or disc for garnish
- Fill the serving glasses to the brim with Cubed ice.Cubed ice
- Start with 4 oz Prosecco; add 2 oz per glass.4 oz Prosecco
- Next, 3 oz Aperol Add 1 ½ oz Aperol per glass.3 oz Aperol
- Last, 1 ½ oz Soda water. Add ¾ oz soda water per glass.1 ½ oz Soda water
- Garnish your drink with an Orange wedge or disc.Orange wedge
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
⛑️ Food Safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
For further information, check Safe Food Handling - FDA.