Light, fruity and delicious. An Aperol Spritz variation for the books: Sparkling Rosé Aperol Spritz. Perfect for date night, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day Brunch, easy Spring cocktails. Honestly is there a bad time to enjoy this rosé cocktail?
We all love rosé, and we all love a good Aperol spritz. So why hasn’t it been combined yet?! A typical Aperol spritz has three ingredients: Aperol, prosecco and club soda. Instead of prosecco, this Aperol spritz variation uses sparkling rosé.
Whenever the weather gets warmer and there’s a soft Spring/Summer breeze, I want to sit outside and sip on any form of rosé. Frosé, sparkling rosé, cold rosé, anything! I’m not even sure why!
I’m also one to always want an Aperol cocktail. Honestly, I love the orange bitterness and an Aperol Spritz is my favorite cocktail ever (okay, margaritas and Aperol Spritz are tied!). For this drink, I thought wait why don’t I pair my favorites and see how it goes? It’s delicious!
What is an Aperol Spritz?
Aperol Spritz is a traditional Italian drink. It reminds me of sipping refreshing and beautiful cocktails in the Summer heat. There are three ingredients: Aperol, prosecco, and club soda. While there is no ruled proportion of ingredients, I like to do 1:1, Aperol:prosecco, and then top with club soda (about 1 OZ). The most traditional garnish is an orange wedge or wheel, to compliment the orange in the Aperol.
Aperol vs. Campari
Aperol is like Campari, but less bitter. It is a type of Italian aperitif, which is a pre-dinner liquor meant to whet the palate or open the palate for dinner. At only 22% alcohol, it’s a great ingredient to add to cocktails that won’t be overpowering.
What does Aperol taste like?
Aperol tastes like a mildly sweet but bitter orange. Its flavor is often compared to bitter herbs and burnt orange, along with rhubarb. Aperol has a lovely bright orange hue that makes a spritz have its traditional orange color.
How to Make a Rosé Spritz
To transition a traditional Aperol spritz into a Spring Aperol spritz, you need a Rose and Raspberry Simple Syrup. This simple syrup: floral dried rose petals, tangy raspberries, sugar and water. This simple syrup enhances the fresh orange taste and adds a small hint of floral.
Making the simple syrup is easy: dissolve sugar in water, and then strain. The whole process takes about 15-minutes and is easy to make ahead and used in PLENTY other drinks! (Like the PINK 75)
STEP ONE: Pour Rose and Raspberry Simple Syrup over ice in a large wine glass.
STEP TWO: Add Aperol and sparkling rosé.
STEP THREE: Top with club soda.
STEP FOUR: Add garnish.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- APEROL. Substitute Aperol for Campari if you don’t have it or can’t find it. It will taste more bitter.
- ROSE AND RASPBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP. Make this homemade simple syrup in advance and add only a small amount. It adds to the beautiful sunset color of the sparkling rosé cocktail. You can omit the simple syrup, but it will taste much more bitter and tart. I highly suggest adding 1 OZ of simple syrup.
- CLUB SODA. Any kind will do! Tonic water is a substitute, but will again taste more bitter.
- SPARKLING ROSÉ. I used a dry sparkling rosé, because in my household we prefer dry beverages. If you are a sweet drink lover, definitely choose a sweeter, less dry option.
The Best Garnishes
To enhance the orange flavor of this Sparkling Rosé Aperol Spritz, I used an orange wedge. Typical garnishes for an Aperol spritz include an orange peel or an orange wedge. You can also use raspberries (fresh or frozen), or dried roses.
You May Also Like
For more date night or holiday cocktail ideas, try:
- Rose Sangria with Berries
- Holiday Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail
- Pink 75
- Honey Lemon Ginger Gin & Prosecco Cocktail
- 5 Ingredient Red Wine Sangria
For more Aperol Spritz ideas, try my favorite Spiced Orange & Cranberry Winter Aperol Spritz.
Sparkling Rosé Aperol Spritz
- 3 OZ Sparkling Rosé
- 3 OZ Aperol
- 1 OZ Club Soda
- 1 OZ Rose and Raspberry Simple Syrup
- Add ice to cup. Pour Rose and Raspberry Simple Syrup on top of ice.
- Add Aperol and sparkling rosé.
- Top with club soda – if you prefer an even less alcoholic cocktail, feel free to add more!
- Garnish with orange slices, orange wedge, and/or raspberries.