Winter Aperol Spritz // Cranberry Aperol Spritz Cocktail

This Cranberry Aperol Spritz is perfect for fall or winter. With a hint of cranberries, bubbly prosecco and the delicious flavor of aperol, now spritzes aren’t just for the summer. They’re perfect for the holidays too!

While I love a classic Aperol Spritz for sipping on in the summer, once fall hits, I feel the need to switch up my cocktail game with more seasonal ingredients like maple, apple, cranberry, and pear. That’s when I’ll normally start mixing up these Cranberry Maple Bourbon Smash cocktails or this Hot Mulled Cider.

So, I thought, why not create an aperol spritz cocktail for the winter?

It’s got all the standard spritz ingredients – aperol, prosecco, and soda water, but it’s all dressed up with a yummy cranberry simple syrup.

You can serve your cocktails up in wine glasses or rocks glasses, but be sure to garnish with rosemary sprigs and cranberries for an extra festive pop.

Two winter aperol spritz cocktails next to flocked christmas tree and bottle of cranberry simple syrup.

What is aperol?

  • Bright orange in color, aperol has notes of both bitter and sweet oranges and many other herbs, including rhubarb. Aperol is light and refreshing, and low in alcohol (11%).

Winter aperol spritz ingredients:

You only need four ingredients to make this aperol spritz:

  1. Prosecco – No need for expensive French Champagne here! Go for Prosecco, an Italian sparking wine that’s light, bubbly and festive!
  2. Aperol – Find it in the liquor store.
  3. Soda water.
  4. Cranberry simple syrup.

The cranberry simple syrup is very easy to make! You’ll just need to set aside enough time for it to cool before you plan on serving the cocktails.

To make it, bring 2 cups cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Then just cover the pot and let it rest for 15 minutes to allow the cranberries to steep and release all their yummy flavor.

Two winter aperol spritz cocktails next to flocked christmas tree and bottle of cranberry simple syrup.

How to make a cranberry aperol spritz:

  • Fill a glass with ice, add the aperol, cranberry simple syrup, prosecco and top off with the soda water. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and cranberries, if desired.

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Winter aperol spritz garnished with cranberries and rosemary.

Winter Aperol Spritz

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


Cranberry Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Cranberry Aperol Spritz:

  • 3 ounces Prosecco (or any sparkling wine)
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce cranberry simple syrup
  • Splash of soda water

To Garnish:

  • Rosemary Sprigs
  • Cranberries


  • In a small saucepan stir together cranberries, water, and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let mixture simmer until sugar completely dissolves. Take care because cranberries will pop. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes.
  • Strain cranberries from syrup mixture and let cool completely.
  • Pour the sparkling wine into a glass of ice cubes. Add the Aperol, cranberry simple syrup and a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprigs. Enjoy!
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Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 22g | Iron: 1mg

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