These Grapefruit Spritz Cocktails are perfect for a festive brunch. Prosecco, grapefruit and aperol combine in this bubbly cocktail.
If you’re a fan of the traditional Aperol Spritz cocktail, you’re going to love this fun twist.
Much like with my Winter Aperol Spritz, I’m taking the traditional cocktail recipe and adding in a little twist. A twist of grapefruit in this case…
Rick and I got hooked on spritzes during our trip to Northern Italy a few years back. I’d account that to the fact that this isn’t an overly sweet cocktail. Instead, it’s got some integrity to it – a bit bitter, a bit herbaceous, and definitely easy to drink! Psst… they’re low in alcohol too. Making them a perfect brunch cocktail.
Plus, they’re super simple to make.
You only need 3 ingredients!
With just three ingredients you can fix a fun and festive cocktail that’s icy cold and refreshing with a pop of bubbles and tangy grapefruit juice. The addition of aperol gives this cocktail a nice herbal backbone and just a hint of bitterness. It pairs really nicely with that grapefruit juice and gives this cocktail a wonderful bright pink color, just like my yummy Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe.
Grapefruit Spritz Cocktail Ingredients:
- Grapefruit Juice
Prosecco is what gives this bubbly cocktail its great sparkle. Its fine, persistent bubbles carry with it notes of ripe peach, melon and apple, mingling perfectly with the grapefruit and aperol. You can also use cava, champagne, or any sparkling wine in place of prosecco.
To finish things off, I just added a simple slice of grapefruit zest. Be sure to squeeze it into your glass to release all those fragrant citrus oils into your delicious cocktail.
Just like my seabreeze cocktails, these grapefruit prosecco cocktails would be perfect for a date night with your significant other, or as a fun twist on the traditional mimosa if you’re hosting a brunch with girlfriends.
If you like your cocktails extra bitter, try swapping out the aperol for some campari. They have similar flavor profiles, but campari is less sweet.
ℹ️ Read about the differences between Campari and Aperol here.
I love serving my cocktails up in a flute with nugget ice!
I mean… let’s be honest. All drinks taste better when nugget ice is involved.
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More sparkling cocktail recipes:
- Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktail
- Aperol Spritz
- Limoncello Spritz
- Strawberry White Wine Spritzer
- French 75 Champagne Cocktail
- Cranberry Ginger Bellini
Wondering how else to use up that bottle of Aperol? Try this Aperol Sour. Or, here are 25+ Aperol cocktail recipes to try!
Grapefruit Spritz Cocktail
- 2 ounces grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce aperol
- 2 ounces prosecco
- Grapefruit peel (for garnish)
- Add all ingredients to a glass filled with ice and stir gently to combine. Divide between two champagne flutes. Enjoy!
This post was originally published in 2017. It was updated in 2022 to add new photographs. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!
I teamed up with Newair to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
11 thoughts on “Grapefruit Spritz Cocktail Recipe”
Sounds like a delicious addition to brunch, and different than a typical orange flavored mimosa!
Love the idea of a grapefruit sparkling! Maybe laziiness/partially because it is a lot easier to get enough juice from a grapefruit
Ha – You’re right Pech! I never really thought about that 🙂
Beautiful! I was just telling my daughter today that I am not a fan of grapefruit… but the caveat that I did not mention to her is that I DO love it in sparkling cocktails! ;)These look fabulous. Cheers!
Well then these are just perfect for you Marlynn – Cheers!
These sound delicious! They would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a bridal shower!
nice! love prosecco, for some reason Champagne gives me a headache and Prosecco does not, grapefruit is a nice tweak too and 3 ingredients are great, thank you!
Mmmm sounds yummy. But I’d need a bit more aperol! I just finally replicated an aperol gin spritz that a restaurant serves. It’s not on the blog yet… A little more boozy but still really refreshing!