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Hot Aperol, the Winter Spritz

Hot Spritz, also known as Hot Aperol is a Hot Cocktail that originated in Northern Europe, especially in the City of Vienna and is drunk during the fall and winter period.
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Hot Aperol, the Winter Spritz
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep 10 minutes
  • Servings 4 people

The Hot Aperol, also known as Hot Spritz or Winter Spritz, is a Hot Cocktail that is becoming popular in many northern European countries perfect for consumption on the ski slopes or during cold winter days: basically an interesting alternative to the classic Mulled Wine and the punsch (a mix of tea, spices and rum or brandy) but way more nuanced in flavor.

It first made its appearance at the famous Christmas Markets in Vienna, where it is served to the many tourists who visit the Austrian capital during the winter vacations, and then on to ski resorts throughout Europe. To make this Winter Spritz you’ll need Apple Syrup to be used in combination with Cinnamon, Prosecco, and a few slices of Orange.

When this hot cocktail reached Italy, the Hot Aperol has morphed into the Hot Spritz and the Apple Juice was replaced by Orange Juice with the addition of a little Honey to help offset the acidity of the Orange and at the same time enhance the alcoholic part. The Recipe of the Hot Spritz is therefore very customizable and you can thus decide you How to Make the Hot Spritz whether it is with Apple Juice or Orange Juice.

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  1. To make Hot Aperol put apple juice and cinnamon stick in a saucepan, heat until just before it comes to a boil.

  2. Now add the Prosecco and the Aperol, keep on the heat for a few more moments and then turn off the heat.

  3. Pour it into the glasses, wash the orange well, slice it and use it to decorate your Hot Spritz.


If you would like, you can also prepare the Hot Spritz in the Italian style using the following ingredients with their amounts:

  • Aperol 100 ml
  • Prosecco 250 ml
  • Orange Juice 200 ml
  • Cinnamon 1 stick
  • Honey 2 teaspoons
  • Oranges 1

The preparation to follow is the same as for the Hot Spritz with apple juice, you’ll just have to add 2 teaspoons of honey to the mixture during “cooking.”


Be careful not to bring everything to a boil or you risk losing the high alcohol content of your cocktail


Hot Spritz should be consumed immediately.