It’s time for a spritz! I couldn’t let the summer end without making one of my favorite cocktails, so here you have it: a cherry Aperol spritz.
This cocktail is great for a summer barbecue or to enjoy before having a no-fuss dinner in the backyard because of its simplicity. It only requires four ingredients: cherry soda, Aperol, vermouth, and white wine.
TBH, this cocktail is more accurately described as the love child of an Aperol Spritz and a Negroni Sbagliato. The Negroni Sbagliato features sparkling wine in addition to Campari and sweet vermouth. An Aperol spritz is just as easy: it only calls for soda, Aperol, and Prosecco.
For this version, I chose to use a plain Pinot Gris from California instead of sparkling wine because that was what I had in the fridge, and it still came out great. Feel free to use a sparkling wine to add some extra bubbles if that’s how you roll.
Cherries are at their peak right now, and it just made perfect sense to incorporate them into this spritz. I used a dry cherry soda to add some cherry flavor to my cocktail, but if you can’t find it feel free to add some cherry juice or even some homemade cherry syrup to the mix. There’s a great recipe on how to make fruit-flavored syrups at home on the blog right now, and I bet making one with cherries would be super easy.
I also recommend that you garnish the cocktail with a whole, fresh cherry. By the time you finish your drink, you’ll have a perfectly boozy cherry to snack on, and who doesn’t love boozy cherries?
So, without further ado, I present to you the Cherry Aperol Spritz. Cheers!
Cherry Aperol Spritz
The cherry soda and white wine in this Aperol spritz give it some fizziness and sweetness. It’s the perfect cocktail to serve at a barbecue or to enjoy before a casual summer dinner in your backyard.
- 1 oz Aperol
- 1 oz Punt e Mes
- 2 oz white wine (I used a Pinot Gris from California but a sparkling wine would also work), chilled
- 2 oz cherry soda (or to taste), chilled
- Fresh cherries for garnish
- Step 1 Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the Aperol, vermouth (I used Punt e Mes), and wine. Stir for 15-20 seconds or until chilled.
- Step 2 If using fresh cherries, put one at the bottom of a glass. Pour the Aperol mixture on top of the cherries. Top with the cherry soda.
- Step 3 Serve immediately. If you want your cocktail to be extra cold, you can also serve it over ice.