Cranberry Aperol Spritz, a Christmas Cocktail

Cranberry Aperol Spritz, a Christmas Cocktail

I’ve put a Christmas twist on this traditional Italian aperitif with this Cranberry Aperol Spritz recipe – it’s the perfect drink to offer your guests over the festive period.

A Christmas Cocktail

Now that we are well into November, I am officially giving in to everything Christmas. Usually I mark the start of the festive period by watching Christmas films. Over the years I’ve amassed a huge collection and if we want to watch all of them before the 25th of December we have to start watching them pretty early on!

A Muppets Christmas Carol is Jon’s absolute favourite and often the first and last Christmas film we watch. But as we are holidaying in New Zealand in the run up to Christmas we aren’t going to be able to snuggle up on the sofa watching Christmas films. So, I’ll just have to drink Christmas themed cocktails on the beach instead! It’s a hard life isn’t it!

Cranberry and Aperol Sprtiz made with cranberry juice, aperol and prosecco.

Aperol and Cranberry

Although the aperol spritz is often thought of as a summer drink, the bitter, citrus flavour of aperol makes it ideal for adding to Christmas cocktails. To make a regular aperol spritz you add 3 parts aperol to 2 parts prosecco and 1 part soda water.

But, I’ve taken the classic “3-2-1” approach and swapped out light and refreshing soda water for sweet, syrupy cranberry juice. I get so excited the second fresh cranberries appear in the shops – they just scream Christmas to me.

It made perfect sense to me to add cranberries and oranges in a Christmas Cranberry Aperol Spritz!

Cranberry and Aperol Spritz, a single wine glass of Christmas cocktail, garnished with fresh cranberries, rosemary and served over ice.

The recipe

By swapping soda water for cranberry juice, this cocktail is more full bodied and has a festive twist. It’s a lovely, long cocktail that is perfect for serving at Christmas or New Years Eve parties.

Cranberry and Aperol Sprtiz made with cranberry juice, aperol and prosecco.

Cranberry Aperol Spritz, a Christmas Cocktail

Emma Walton
This Cranberry Aperol Spritz Cocktail is a festive twist on an Italian classic!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 person
Calories 290 kcal



  • In a large wine glass filled with ice, pour over the cranberry juice followed by Aperol and the prosecco.
  • Garnish with fresh crnaberries and rosemary.


Calories: 290kcal
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5 thoughts on “Cranberry Aperol Spritz, a Christmas Cocktail”

  • Ooh holidaying in New Zealand. How absolutely wonderful. It’s such a fab country. I remember eating ice-cream as we strolled around Christchurch on Christmas Day when we were travelling there many years ago. Your cocktail looks suitable festive and sounds like I need to knock one or two up to try.

    • We didn’t make it quite as far down as Christchurch! Just stuck to the north Island this time. Will definitely be going back though! Can’t recommend this cocktail enough. It’s going to be my go-to drink this Christmas I think!

  • What a beautiful coloured drink. I can see this being very popular when served up at a Christmas party.

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