If you are a fan of this classic Aperol Spritz cocktail this slushy version is a must make. We've slimmed down the calories to make this cocktail a calorie-friendly warm weather sipper.
There's nothing like a good blender cocktail to take the edge off summer's heat. Refreshing Frozen Aperol Spritz does just that. This slushy version of the popular Italian cocktail is refreshing and eye catching in its signature orange hue.
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What is an Aperol Spritz?
This favorite Italian cocktail is served as an aperitif in Northern Italy. It's considered one of the 10 top selling cocktails in the world.
A regular Aperol Spritz is a simple mix of prosecco, Aperol and club soda with ice. Always with a slice of orange garnish!
For this frozen version of the classic cocktail we've substituted orange flavored sparkling water instead of soda water. Flavors aren't as strong when frozen so this boosts the natural orange notes of the Aperol without adding more calorie laden ingredients.
What makes this skinny?
Though Aperol is great for low-alcohol drinks it does have a fair amount of calories. We experimented to find the perfect drink that has all the original cocktail flavors but to reduce the calories too.
The amount of Aperol is reduced and adding orange flavored sparkling water adds some fizz as with the original and some nice flavor. We found the sweetness to be just right; no need for simple syrup (as some will add) or any sweeteners.
Recipe Ingredient Notes
Prosecco. Prosecco is a sweet sparkling wine from Italy. Think champagne (but technically to be called champagne it has to be made in the Champagne region of France).
Proscecco is a bit lighter than champagne with delicious flavors of fruit and flowers along with fizzy bubbles (that tend to lose fizziness faster than those in Champagne). This Italian classic is what is used when making the traditional cocktail.
Aperol. Aperol is an Italian aperitif with a bittersweet flavor and distinctive burnt orange color. It’s made with a secret recipe using herbs and plants such as gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona.
The formula has not changed since it was originally released in 1919. It’s made by the same company that makes Campari and has similarities in color, taste and smell. Aperol however is lower alcohol content, having only half the alcohol content of Campari.
Orange flavored Sparkling Water. We used La Croix brand but any brand will work.
Ice. You'll use 2-3 cups of ice depending on the texture of cocktail you like.
Orange slice. The perfect garnish.
How to make Frozen Aperol Spritz - Step-by-Step
It only takes a couple easy steps!
Pour the Aperol (photo 1), prosecco and sparkling water (photo 2) into a blender jar. Add 2-3 cups ice (photo 3) and blend into a slushy consistency (photo 4).
NOTE: depending on the size of your blender you may need to make this in two batches if using alot of ice
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