A frozen Aperol Spritz is the perfect refreshing cocktail for summer. It contains Aperol, Prosecco, and Izze Sparkling Clementine juice.
When it comes to summer cocktails, you can’t go wrong with something light and frozen. Aperol Spritz is a delicious, light cocktail. Its popularity rises in the summer. A frozen Aperol Spritz is even more refreshing.
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What is an Aperol Spritz?
An Aperol Spritz is a cocktail made from Aperol, Prosecco, and a splash of sparkling water. Like sangria, the spritz is best served over ice. The cocktail is mildly sweet and refreshing. It’s a popular drink when relaxing on a patio or rooftop.
Aperol is a bittersweet, aromatic liquor. It’s derived from rhubarb and other roots. Despite its vibrant orange hue, it does not contain oranges!
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The Difference Between Frozen and the Traditional Cocktail
A frozen Aperol Spritz differs from the traditional cocktail in one big way. It requires a flavorful juice or soda component. The juice is frozen with the Aperol. Then blended with Prosecco to create a flavorful frozen cocktail.
Frozen soda water or typical ice would water down the cocktail too much.
Just Add Juice
To ensure the cocktail remains flavorful, freeze lightly flavored sparkling water or juice. Izze Sparkling Clementine juice is light, refreshing, and adds the perfect touch of sweetness.
The sweetness of the juice complements the bitterness of the liquor. It also enhances the flavor of the Prosecco.
How to Make a Frozen Aperol Spritz
To start, mix two cans (16 oz) of Izze Sparkling Clementine juice with 4 oz. of Aperol in a measuring cup. Pour the juice mixture into an ice tray. Freeze for at least 8 hours.
It’s even better if the ice cubes freeze for over 24 hours. That does mean that the cocktail requires a bit of forethought. But the good news is, you could have a stash of ice cubes always at the ready. Then you can make the frozen cocktail at anytime.
When you’re ready to prepare the cocktails, take out your blender. Add the frozen juice cubes, 3 cups of Prosecco, and 1/2 a cup of regular ice to a blender. Blend until the cocktail is smooth.
Serve these frozen Aperol cocktails in stemless wine glasses or pina colada cocktail glasses. Add an orange slice and a fun straw!
Make a Smaller Batch
One of the great things about keeping Aperol ice cubes in the freezer is the ability to make a cocktail at any time. But you may only want one cocktail versus a whole pitcher. Use a small personal blender, like the Ninja Fit, to make a single cocktail.
For a single cocktail, add five frozen cocktail cubes, a few cubes of regular ice, and about a cup of Prosecco to a 16 oz. blender cup. Blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy a single-serve frozen Aperol cocktail!
Frozen Aperol Spritz
- 1 Blender
- ice tray
- 16 oz Izze Sparkling Clementine juice 2 cans
- 4 oz Aperol 2 shots
- 3 cups Prosecco
- 1/2 cup ice
- Combine 16 oz of Izze Sparkling Clementine juice and 4 oz Aperol in a measuring cup.
- Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze for 8+ hours.
- Add frozen Aperol mixture cubes, with 3 cups of Prosecco and 1/2 cup of ice cubes to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve in a wine glass or cocktail glass with an orange garnish.