Rosé Aperol Spritz

Every summer needs a signature drink.  And let me tell you, readers, I’ve got you covered this year.  From the second I saw this recipe, I knew I’d be making batch after batch.  I saw it, texted it “this is not a drill” style to my girls Annie and Josie (who had already sent it to each other), then texted it to my mom so she could stock up on ingredients for us to enjoy a cocktail or two by the pool while I was visiting her in Phoenix. 

I was prepared to mix up several pitchers of this over the course of the summer, but I sure didn’t anticipate mixing up batch after batch over the course of my long weekend in Phoenix.  Six recipes worth, to be exact.  The canceled flight and the resulting extra day can only be blamed for two batches.  The rest of the blame goes to the silly “serves 4-6” part of the recipe.  
Four people?  Please.  

Four drinks.  


But as long as you’re hanging out, enjoying the summer sunshine and the company of your favorite people, drinking at a leisurely pace, and not driving anywhere soon, I’d plan on each recipe serving two people.  Perhaps I’m a big ol’ lush.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Sweet-tart passion fruit juice, bitter, herbal Aperol, and crisp, bubbly sparkling rosé–yes to the yes.  There’s absolutely nothing not to love about this drink draaank.  Grab your flip flops, your pool floatie, your sunnies, your favorite tunes, and your best girls.  Cheers to summer 2017, my friends.  Live it up.  We’ve earned it. 

rose aperol spritz

Every summer needs a signature drink and this perfectly pink sweet-tart rosé Aperol spritz is simple to make and even easier to drink.  Rosé and Aperol never tasted so good.     

Rosé Aperol Spritz
slightly adapted from Bon Appétit

3/4 c. passion fruit juice (I used Goya; Bon Appétit recommends Ceres)
1/4-1/2 c. Aperol
1/4 c. fresh lime juice
up to 4 tsp. sugar
1 750 mL bottle of sparkling rosé, chilled
ice for serving, if desired
ruby red grapefruit wedges, for garnish

1.  Take a tiny sip of the rosé (bonus!) to determine its sweetness.  Pour passion fruit juice, Aperol, lime juice, and desired amount of sugar into a pitcher and whisk to combine.  Stir in sparkling rosé.  Taste and make adjustments, as desired.

2.  Add ice to glasses, if preferred, pour drinks, and garnish.  Cheers!

yield:  4-6 drinks (allegedly)        

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