Sparkling Spritz Punch

published Jul 29, 2023
summer
Sparkling Spritz Punch Recipe

A bubbly, sweet, and slightly bitter cocktail is a twist on the classic Aperol spritz.

Serves6

Makesabout 7 cups

Prep5 minutes

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Sparkling spritz punch in glass with slice of orange on the side.
Credit: Kelli Foster

Summer is officially spritz season in my book, and it’s the best time of year to make a sparkling spritz punch. This bubbly, sweet, and slightly bitter cocktail is a twist on the classic Aperol spritz. Here, the addition of grapefruit soda bumps up the flavor of the Aperol. 

While you can make spritzes one at a time, you can speed up the process by turning it into a punch or pitcher drink instead. All you have to do is measure, mix, and pour into ice-filled glasses. The best part? Those who want a refill can just help themselves.

What Is a Spritz?

Spritzes are Italian wine-based cocktails that are usually enjoyed as an apéritif, or drink, served before a meal. There’s often a bitter element in the drink, which is said to help stimulate the appetite. 

Spritzes are light and refreshing, which makes them popular lower-alcohol drinks in the summertime. One of the most well-known spritzes is the Aperol spritz. This sparkling spritz punch is a riff on the Aperol spritz.

Credit: Kelli Foster

The Ingredients You’ll Need for Sparkling Spritz Punch

  • Sparkling wine. Prosecco is a great, inexpensive choice.
  • Aperol. An Italian bitter apéritif that’s bright orange.
  • Grapefruit soda. Grab one can or bottle of sparkling grapefruit soda.
  • Orange and orange bitters. One orange and a dash of orange bitters bring freshness and depth to this spritz.

Other Summer Punches

What to Serve with Sparkling Spritz Punch

Sparkling spritz punch is great served during happy hour with some savory nibbles like spiced nuts, blue cheese dip, or puffed pastry bites. Stir together this easy punch and enjoy a spritz-y summer.

Sparkling Spritz Punch Recipe

A bubbly, sweet, and slightly bitter cocktail is a twist on the classic Aperol spritz.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes about 7 cups

Serves 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    medium orange

  • 2 cups

    ice, plus more for serving

  • 1 (750-ml) bottle

    cold sparkling wine, such as prosecco

  • 2 cups

    cold Aperol

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle or can

    cold grapefruit soda, such as Izzy or GuS

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    orange bitters

Instructions

  1. Halve, then thinly slice 1 medium orange. Place 2 cups ice in a 10-cup or larger pitcher or punch bowl, then top with the orange slices. Pour in 1 bottle cold sparkling wine, 2 cups cold Aperol, 1 (12-ounce) can cold grapefruit soda, and 1/2 teaspoon orange bitters. Stir gently to combine. Serve in ice-filled cups or glasses.