This pomegranate aperol spritz is juicy and festive! Bubbly prosecco is mixed with pomegranate juice, aperol, and sparkling water for the perfect cocktail. This winter aperol spritz would be amazing for a holiday party, Christmas, or Thanksgiving!
My absolute favorite cocktail in the whole world is an aperol sprtiz! It is the perfect drink! Sparkly champagne and bitter aperol is a match made in heaven. So of course, I had to make an aperol spritz for the holiday season!
This winter spritz features the delicious italian liqueur of aperol! Aperol is sweet, refreshing, and citrusy. Combined with the tart taste of pomegranate makes this cocktail perfectly balanced! It is similar to a pomegranate mimosa but with aperol!
Perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any holiday! It has such a vibrant red color and winter flavor. This cocktail looks so elegant with an orange slice & pomegranate seeds on top.
Pomegranate juice: You will need pure pomegranate juice for this cocktail. Often times, pomegranate juice will have additives & added sugar, so be sure the pomegranate juice you buy says 100% pomegranate. You only need 1 ounce of pomegranate juice.
Aperol: For this pomegranate spritz, you need 3 ounces aperol. You can find aperol at most grocery stores.
Prosecco: I like using prosecco for this cocktail since it is such a crisp and light bodied sparkling wine. You can also use champagne. You will need 4 ounces of bubbly.
Sparkling water: Just a splash of sparkling water pulls this cocktail recipe together. Use whatever sparkling water is your favorite, but I suggest a citrus variety. My favorite sparkling water to use is La Croix Tangerine, which tastes like sweet orange. You can also use club soda.
variations & substitutions
Add a squeeze of lime juice for extra zest! I love the combination of pomegranate and lime. When I use lime sparkling water, I also add a little squeeze of lime juice for a zing!
Use whatever juice is your favorite. This is one of those cocktail recipes that can be easily swapped and turned entirely into a different cocktail. If you feel like experimenting, try swapping the pomegranate juice for your favorite juice.
tips & tricks
You can also make this in bulk! This is a great way to have a delicious cocktail at a party without having to constantly play bartender. Simply combine however many servings you need of the pomegranate juice and aperol. Create a platter with champagne flutes, bucket of ice cubes, a bottle of prosecco or champagne, whole pomegranates and orange slices. When ready to enjoy, pour some of the juice mixture in a flute & top with prosecco and sparkling water. Top with an orange wedge and some pomegranate seeds.
step by step instructions
1. Aperol & pomegranate. In the bottom of a wine glass, add the aperol & pomegranate juice.
2. Prosecco & sparkling water. Top with prosecco and sparkling water.
3. Stir & garnish. Mix with a bar spoon until all ingredients are combined. Top with an orange slice and extra pomegranate seeds.
Serve this cocktail in a wine glass or champagne flute with and orange slice, pomegranate seeds, and a sprig of rosemary.
Is aperol spritz supposed to be bitter?
- The cocktail should be slightly bitter but mostly citrusy and refreshing.
What kind of glass do you serve a spritz in?
- You can serve a spritz in a champagne flute, white wine glass, or even coupe glass.