Instead of pouring yourself a single drink this summer, make a batch of this Aperol Spritz Sangria for sunshine sipping!
This Aperol Spritz Sangria instantly makes me feel like the sun is shining on my skin. It’s like vitamin D in a glass! Even though it’s actually packed full of vitamin C….and just a little alcohol ;).
Two bottles I always keep on my bar cart are Aperol and Campari. The Italians know what they’re doing when it comes to liqueur! Both are Italian aperitivo spirits with slightly different flavors and usages. I discovered my first Aperol Spritz a couple of years ago and it’s been my go-to summer cocktail since.
No one likes to play bartender while laying poolside, so this Aperol Spritz Sangria is perfect for mixing up and serving to a group, whether it’s for a shower, Mother’s Day, or just a fun picnic in the sun!
Aperol Spritz Sangria Ingredients & Subs
oranges — You’ll need one for the recipe and a couple for glass garnish if you like!
brown sugar — You could use granulated sugar if you need it.
orange juice — I like getting fresh-squeezed since you don’t need too much of it and it adds such a lovely fresh flavor, but bottled is absolutely fine!
grapefruit juice — You can use all orange juice if you absolutely hate grapefruit, BUT I will say that matt hates grapefruit and LOVED this. You can really taste it, but it adds a bitterness that mimics the bitterness of the Aperol. If you use all orange it will just be a lot sweeter.
Aperol — Essential! It’ll run you $25-$30 but the bottle will likely last you a while. At least all summer unless you go spritz crazy!
prosecco — You could technically use champagne or cava if you like, but prosecco is just as readily available and more true to a traditional spritz. No need to go expensive here!
ice — Did you know you could get a bag of nugget ice at chick fil? I knew you could at Sonic but that’s not very convenient for me. I can’t wait to do this next time I need ice for a shoot or party! Until I can get a nugget ice machine that is.
How to Make Aperol Spritz Sangria
Add oranges and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon for about a minute. Add orange juice, grapefruit juice, and Aperol and vigorously stir to combine for 30 seconds.
Add prosecco and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. I love the flavor of Aperol and grapefruit so I’ll usually add another splash of both, but you might want it sweeter and less bitter.
Add ice and stir. Serve as is, or with a bit more ice. Garnish with orange slices.
You can also add a splash of Club soda if you want to stretch it out and add more bubbles!
Talk about the perfect summer snack in the sun!
P.S. How cute is this mug I found!?
I also love these Spritz glasses to serve the sangria in.
What is in sangria?
Sangria is considered a punch, originating from Spain and Portugal. Traditionally it consists of red wine and chopped fruit, usually slightly sweetened and with added spirits, like brandy or rum.
While it’s traditionally made with red wine, there are so many variations now, including rosé and white wine sangrias.
What is an aperol spritz?
While the Aperol spritz has been around since the 1800s, it became widely popular outside of Italy around 2018 and was ranked as the world’s 9th bestselling cocktail in 2019 by the website Drinks International. If you’re at all active on social media, you’ve likely seen a ton of photos of people dining al fresco in the summer with an iced orange cocktail in hand. That was likely an Aperol spritz.
an Aperol Spritz is an Italian wine-based cocktail, commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. It consists of prosecco, Aperol, and soda water. Here, I turned it into a sangria by making it pitcher-sized and adding some fruit juice and oranges. You can also add some club soda to the sangria if you like!
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- 1 orange, sliced, plus more for garnish
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
- 1 cup Aperol
- 750 ml bottle prosecco
- 1 cup ice
- Add oranges and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon for about a minute. Add orange juice, grapefruit juice, and Aperol and vigorously stir to combine for 30 seconds.
- Add prosecco and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. I love the flavor of Aperol and grapefruit so I'll usually add another splash of both, but you might want it sweeter and less bitter.
- Add ice and stir. Serve as is, or with a bit more ice. Garnish with orange slices.
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