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Frozen Aperol Spritz Cocktail

This Frozen Aperol Spritz Cocktail, with a vibrant sunset-orange hue, is filled with Aperol, orange juice, strawberries and Prosecco, then blended up into a frozen frothy cocktail. It’s a refreshing summer cocktail recipe that’s easy to prep ahead and will make you feel like your backyard is an Italian courtyard.

blended frozen cocktail with aperol in glasses with citrus slices and mint

Why you’ll love frozen Aperol spritz

It’s like Aperol Frose! This takes the classic Aperol spritz cocktail and blends it into a gorgeous, almost too-pretty-to-drink frose version of the Italian classic. Aperol and prosecco are truly magical. Plus, take a chance to really get ahead by freezing the Aperol and orange juice at least 4 hours and up to 2 days ahead of time.

Cools you down! While I’ll be sipping on frozen cocktails, I highly recommend you also get your frozen blend on too! If you’re a margarita lover like I am, you must get your frozen strawberry margarita on next! Nothing says summer like a blended beverage to wash it all down.

Double or triple the recipe! This Aperol slushie sure hits the spot. This will make four generous cocktails, but you can easily scale the recipe up, depending on how many guests you are hosting. The recipe for four fits perfectly in my blender. Simply blend in batches if making more.

blended frozen aperol spritz in glasses with citrus slices and mint

Frozen Aperol spritz ingredients

All we need is Aperol, orange juice, frozen strawberries, prosecco (or champagne), ice and orange and grapefruit slices.

frozen orange juice and aperol ice cubes in two bowls with citrus slices and aperol bottle

Aperol – Aperol is a bright orange aperitif. Look for it in the liqueur or amaro aisle of your liquor store. Aperol won’t freeze completely (since alcohol never truly freezes solid), but it will freeze enough to help the texture of the frozen cocktail.

Orange Juice + Frozen Strawberries – Although these ingredients are not traditional, the orange juice really highlights the Aperol and frozen strawberries add a bright, berry flavor — they also help keep the drink frozen longer.

Prosecco – Prosecco is basically the Italian version of French Champagne or Spanish Cava. I really like a Dry (Brut) Prosecco since the Aperol is already kind of sweet. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive and worth every penny!

How to make an Aperol spritz cocktail

This is a cinch to make in a few easy steps. Get ahead by freezing ahead of time and then all you have to do is blend come party time!

frozen orange juice and aperol ice cubes in two bowls with citrus slices

  1. Freeze the Aperol and orange juice: Place in ice cube trays and freeze at least 4-6 hours ahead of time.
  2. Blend: In a blender, combine the frozen Aperol, orange juice, frozen strawberries, prosecco (or champagne) and ice. Blend just until smooth and no chunks of ice remain. Usually less than 30 seconds.
  3. Pour and enjoy: Pour into your favorite cocktail glasses. Garnish with orange and grapefruit slices. Enjoy!

 

Delicious Snacks To Pair With Aperol Spritz

In Italy, the Aperol spritz is commonly served during aperitivo – the Italian version of happy hour – as an aperitif. It’s sipped along with fun, creative snacks to wake up your tastebuds and get it ready for the big meal that’s about to come.

I love to serve these frozen Aperol spritzes with Italian or Mediterranean-inspired appetizers and snacks. Since Aperol is a bit bitter, salty, creamy or fatty foods take off that bitter edge. Some of my favorites include:

blended frozen cocktail with aperol in glasses with citrus slices and mint

Recipe tips:

  • Aperol: The Aperol won’t freeze ‘solid’ but it will freeze enough to help the texture of this frozen cocktail.
  • Prep ahead: Freeze the Aperol and orange juice in ice cube trays for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days ahead of time. I recommend the covered ice cube trays, so the liquids don’t pick up any odors from the freezer.
  • Frozen Strawberries: These are technically optional but I think they add a punch of flavor and help keep the consistency frozen longer — I highly recommend!
  • If you’re making these for a party, I love blending a batch or two and then popping it in the freezer until my friends arrive!

Aperol spritz FAQ

What is Aperol?

Aperol is basically a bitter orange liquor from northern Italy. It’s 11% alcohol content (which is half of Campari, the well-known aperitif used to make negronis). The Aperol Spritz is an extremely common drink in Italy during ‘happy hour’ or aperitivo.

What Does Aperol Taste Like?

Aperol has lots of floral and herbal notes, a slight syrupy sweetness and subtle undertones of vanilla. Besides the flavor, my favorite thing about Aperol is the rich color.

What is Aperol spritz?

The classic Aperol Spritz served on the cobblestone streets of Italy requires four basic ingredients — Aperol, prosecco, club soda and a green olive (yes — it’s a thing!). I like to consider this frozen version a twist on the classic.

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Originally published in September 2019, updated February 2022 with updated info and recipe card.

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blended frozen cocktail with aperol in glasses with citrus slices and mint

Frozen Aperol Spritz Cocktail

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours freezing
  • Total Time: 17 minute
  • Yield: 4 drinks 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This Frozen Aperol Spritz Cocktail, with a vibrant sunset-orange hue, is filled with Aperol, orange juice, strawberries and Prosecco, then blended up into a frozen frothy cocktail. It’s a refreshing summer cocktail recipe that’s easy to prep ahead and will make you feel like your backyard is an Italian courtyard.


Ingredients

Scale

12 oz Aperol

12 oz orange juice

1 cup frozen strawberries, optional

1 bottle (750ml) prosecco, or champagne

12 handfuls ice

orange + grapefruit slices, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Freeze the Aperol and orange juice: Place in ice cube trays and freeze at least 4-6 hours ahead of time.
  2. Blend: In a blender, combine the frozen Aperol, orange juice, frozen strawberries, prosecco (or champagne) and ice. Blend just until smooth and no chunks of ice remain. Usually less than 30 seconds.
  3. Pour and enjoy: Pour into your favorite cocktail glasses and garnish with orange and grapefruit slices. Enjoy!

Notes

Prep Ahead: Freeze Aperol and orange juice for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days in a covered ice cube try.

Keywords: cocktail, summer, Italian

 

3 Comments

  1. Katie
    April 16, 2021 / 9:36 pm

    Anyone tried using a different berry than strawberries. I love aperol spritz but am allergic to strawberries. Suggestions?

  2. Katie Plunkett
    May 25, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Amazing!

  3. Danielle
    May 19, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    AH-MAZING! so delicious and refreshing without being too sweet

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