This Frozen Aperol Spritz Cocktail, with a vibrant sunset-orange hue, is filled with Aperol, prosecco and orange juice, then blended up into a frozen frothy cocktail. It’s a refreshing hot summer day drink that’ll make you feel like your backyard is an Italian courtyard.
We’re headed to San Antonio for the long weekend. Jared’s older brother is getting married so we are headed in for all the festivities. It should be a fun way to kick off the holiday weekend. Jared is the best man and is pretty filled up with his title duties, so I’ve booked myself a day at a spa and I’m THRILLED.
I don’t get days like this to myself often so I can’t wait to put on a fluffy robe and head into a massage. I’ve booked it at this resort in San Antonio. Afterward, I plan on sitting by the pool and ordering alllll the frosè. I have this weird love for ‘spa food’. It’s always so light and flavorful which is some of my favorite kinds of food.
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!
These Frozen Aperol Spritz cocktails were high up on my summer cocktail list and I know you’re going to love them! All the flavor of a classic Aperol Spritz blended into a delicious cocktail. I like to think of it as Aperol Frose!
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). But I love it for its beautiful, vibrant, sunset-orange color.
The Aperol Spritz is an extremely common drink it 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. In other words – it tastes like summertime in Italy.
Besides the flavor, my favorite thing about Aperol is the rich color. No matter what cocktail you make with Aperol, you will be left with amazing color.
Aperol Spritz Ingredients
The classic Aperol Spritz served on the cobblestone streets of Italy require four basic ingredients – Aperol, prosecco, club soda and a green olive (yes – it’s a thing!). I like to consider this frozen version an update on the classic.
All we need is Aperol, orange juice, frozen strawberries, prosecco (or champagne), ice and orange and grapefruit slices.
Aperol. Aperol is a bright orange aperitif and certainly easy to spot in any liquor store. 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 Frozen Aperol Spritz Recipe
This vibrant, beautiful, sunset-colored frozen cocktail recipe is a cinch to make in a few easy steps. Simply:
- Freeze the Aperol and orange juice. Pour the liquids in ice cube trays and place in the freezer at least 4-6 hours ahead of time.
- Blend! In the base of your blender, combine the frozen Aperol and orange juice cubes, frozen strawberries, prosecco (or champagne) and ice. Blend just until smooth and no chunks of ice remain, usually less than 30 seconds.
- Garnish and Enjoy! Pour into your favorite cocktail glasses and garnish with orange and grapefruit slices.
*Tip* If you’re making these for a party, I love getting a batch together and then popping it in the freezer until my friends arrive!
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 (Italians really do know how to do it right).
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.
A few easy snack options include:
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If you make this Frozen Aperol Spritz recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Please share with all your friends in the comments below!
Originally published in September 2019, updated May 2020 with updated info and recipe card.
This Frozen Aperol Spritz Cocktail, with a vibrant sunset-orange hue, is blended into a frothy mix in a few easy steps for a refreshing summer cocktail.
12 oz Aperol (frozen)
12 oz orange juice (frozen)
1 cup frozen strawberries, optional
1 bottle (750ml) prosecco or champagne
1–2 handfuls ice
orange + grapefruit slices, for garnish
- Freeze the Aperol and orange juice in ice trays at least 4-6 hours ahead of time.
- 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.
- Pour into your favorite cocktail glasses and garnish with orange and grapefruit slices.
Aperol: The Aperol won’t freeze ‘solid’ but it will freeze enough to help the texture of this frozen cocktail.
Frozen Strawberries: These are technically optional but I think they add a punch of flavor and help keep the consistency frozen longer, so I highly recommend!
If you’re making these for a party, I love getting a batch together and then popping it in the freezer until my friends arrive!
Keywords: cocktail, summer drink, aperitivo