Spritz is a wine-based cocktail typically made with Prosecco, a bitter liquor such as Aperol, Campari, or Cynar, and a form of sparkling soda water. Due to their fresh flavor profile and usual citrus fruit integration, many people tend to think of spritzers as a cocktail for the summer. And while summer spritzers are absolutely delightful, there are plenty of options that can be perfect for the festivities of the colder weather months. In fact, because a Spritz is technically a wine-based cocktail and can pair so well with so many flavors, it can be the perfect drink to toast with this holiday season. If there’s one thing the holidays have in abundance, it’s wine. It’s a festive staple to stock up on this season because when the bottles start popping, the last thing you want to do is run to the store when you’re running low. Unless you have a local Jesus figure in your friend group that’s there to turn the water into wine when things are looking sparse, wine delivery is an awesome alternative to keep in mind this holiday season. Within 30 minutes, you can have your hands on a wide variety of luxury brands and household names of wine selection. In case you’re looking for a little holiday inspiration for your spritzers this season, we’ve compiled our five favorite fall spritz recipes to pair with your festivities.
1. Apple Cider Aperol Spritz
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 3 ounces Spiced Apple cider
- 3 ounces Champagne
- Splash of club soda
- Garnish: sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and thyme leaf
- Cinnamon Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
For this festive fall drink, prepare the glass by rubbing the rim with a slice of lemon, and then dip it into the cinnamon sugar mixture. From there, add ice to the glass and pour in apple cider, Aperol, and champagne. Top it off with a splash of club soda and garnish with an apple slice, a thyme leaf, and a cinnamon stick for the perfect autumnal touch.
2. Cozy Autumn Spritz
- 1 oz Aperol
- 3 oz sparkling water
- 1 oz red sweet vermouth
- 1 oz rye whiskey
- fill the rest of the glass with Prosecco
- lemon, lime, or orange slices, for garnish
Perfect and cozy for the fall season, this autumn-inspired spritz is perfect for a toast this holiday season. Start by filling the glass with ice, and then add Aperol, sparkling water, red sweet vermouth, and rye whiskey. When these ingredients are added, top off the rest of the glass with Prosecco. To garnish, you can either add lemon, lime, or orange slices. If you’re missing things in your cocktail-making process, you can always turn to a liqueur delivery service.
3. Pomegranate Aperol Spritz
- 3 ounces Aperol
- 1 to 2 ounces of pomegranate juice
- 4 ounces Prosecco
- 1 splash of seltzer
- 1 orange wedge
- pomegranate arils for garnish
Pomegranates are a beautiful way to add some color and fall vibes to your holiday festivities. To create this magic, start by filling the glass with ice. From there, combine Aperol with pomegranate juice and stir. After stirring, add the Prosecco and finish up by topping it all off with a splash of seltzer. Garnish with an orange wedge and some pomegranate arils.
4. Raspberry, Vermouth, and Rosé Spritz
- 250g raspberries, plus extra to serve
- 6 thyme sprigs, plus extra flowering thyme to garnish
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
- 1/2 cup (125ml) chilled dry white vermouth
- 2 cups (500ml) chilled rosé 1/4 cup (60ml)
- Aperol 2 cups (500ml)
- chilled soda water (optional)
- Ice cubes
Unlike the above recipes which make an individual serving, this recipe is created with the intention of serving eight people. Because of this, keep in mind you’ll need a large punch bowl. For this festive holiday spritz, you’ll want to start by putting raspberries, thyme, lemon zest, and sugar into a bowl and tossing them together. Then take this berry mixture and pour it over vermouth and let it sit for 30 minutes to macerate. Once this process is finish, pour this combination into a punch bowl and top it with rosé, Aperol, soda water, and ice. Mix and then garnish with raspberries and thyme.
5. Red Wine Spritz
- 2 ounces of red wine, such as pinot noir, grenache, or Gamay
- 1-ounce bitter aperitivo, such as Forthave Red or Aperol
- Orange wedge, for garnish
- Seltzer water
Nothing screams the holidays like a glass of red wine, and with this classic spritz, you are just creating the perfect drink to toast with. Fill an individual glass with ice, and then pour in your red wine and aperitivo of choice. Top it all off with seltzer water, and garnish with an orange wedge for the traditional red wine holiday spritz. If you are looking for holiday convenience, don’t forget the wine delivery!