Last Updated September 26th, 2021 at 02:24 pm by Lisa
Aperol Spritz Fall Cocktails have apple cider, Aperol, prosecco, and blood oranges. Serve for Thanksgiving and Fall gatherings.
A festive fall color cocktail, people can mix their own and add either club soda, and some Champagne or Prosecco for an added festive touch.
Host a Fall appetizer party with Autumn-colored accents. These ruby-red drinks will wow your family and friends as they fill their plates...
What You Will Need...
For traditional Aperol Spritz, there is no apple cider or blood orange juice. Just Aperol, prosecco, and a splash of soda.
- 2 ounces blood orange juice (you can use regular oranges, the drink color is lighter)
- 2 ounces Apple Cider
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 1 splash soda water
- optional: 3 ounces Prosecco, Champagne, or any sparkling wine
- garnish: 1-2 slices blood orange
Aperol Spritz FAQs
Aperol is a classic orange-red Italian aperitif liquor made famous in Italy and now popular around the world. First introduced in 1919, it was named from a French slang word for an aperitif, which is apero.
Aperol has a slight bitterness with a faint sweet orange flavor and citrus floral notes as it's made from both sweet and bitter oranges, gentian root (a blue flowering plant), rhubarb, and cinchona (a pink flowering plant).
A Spritz Veneziano or Aperol Spritz, also called just Spritz, is an Italian wine-based cocktail, commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. It consists of prosecco, Aperol, and soda water.
1 ¼ oz Aperol, 2 oz prosecco, and a splash of soda over ice. Garnish and serve.
How To Host A Fall Cocktail Party
Pick a good spot and set up a long table indoors or outside depending on the weather. Borrow one or use what you have, you can even rent from a party store.
Place a large Fall colored tablecloth in red, orange, brown, or yellow colors. Again, use what you have, a couple of linens together can look great in layers...
- Set your serving area up with different heights: use books, baskets, bowls. This adds texture and interest, serve from unexpected containers.
- Use stacks of small plates, put out extra plates and utensils than you have guests as people often get second servings and lots of napkins and glasses for both kids and adults.
- Use fresh fruit like apples, pumpkins, pomegranates, and small flower arrangements. We (that would be my amazing dear friend Lidy over at French Garden House) used some silk flowers and a garland of leaves for this table, isn't it gorgeous?
- Serve 2-3 seasonal appetizers and snacks using season Fall ingredients like apples, my Salted Caramel Apple Dip (it's addictively yummy!), and a darling pumpkin-shaped Everything Bagel Cheeseball.
- Have 1 signature cocktail, water, and a non alcoholic drink for guests with plently of glasses and ice.
- Have FUN! Lidy is a pro at design and setting up the beautiful French antiques in a way that is so fascinating and unusual. Her advice is just "play" and rearrange until it looks good to you!!
Another idea is to host a Fall Crostini Bar and serve Fall cocktails and drinks. A crostini party is so easy, and fun to arrange, you can take a look at all of the ideas I share and see the video of the table. It's an easy and delicious way to entertain for Thanksgiving and Fall parties.
More Fall Cocktails
Aperol Spritz (Fall/Autumn Cocktail)
- ½ cup ice
- 3 ounces Aperol
- 2 ounces blood orange juice
- 2 ounces Apple Cider
- 1 splash soda water or Prosecco, Champagne
- 3 ounces Prosecco Champagne, or any sparkling wine
- 1 slice blood orange - garnish
- First, juice a couple of blood oranges, and slice one for garnish.
- Place ice in a tall glass, Aperol, blood orange juice, apple cider, a splash of soda water, and garnish with sliced blood orange. Cheers!
- Optional: Pour Prosecco, Champagne or sparkling wine instead of club soda.
- Garnish with blood orange slices.