If you’re lucky, you’re seeing beautiful winter citrus beginning to pop up at the markets. It’s like nature knows we need a bit of brightness in the winter. A little sunshine in fruit form. This cocktail is perfect for New Year’s Eve. I’m not a big party-goer on New Year’s. I usually like to stick close to home or head to a friend’s house for a chill dinner with a small group. This year, I’m opting for the later and I’ve been on the lookout for a cocktail that I can make quickly and one that won’t leave me hammered before midnight. If you’ve never had Aperol, you’re in for a treat. It falls in the category of an aperitif.
You can drink it on its own, much like you would with Lillet (one of my favorites), but I usually like to mix it with ingredients to make it a bit more interesting. In this instance I juiced a few cara cara oranges, mixed in a bit of Aperol and finished it with a healthy pour of Cava (Spanish champagne). It’s refreshing, goes down easy and it’s pretty easy on the eyes—that color!
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!
Winter Citrus Spritzer
- 4 cara cara oranges (other oranges like satsumas, blood oranges or naval will work great, too), halved
- Ice, for glass
- 8 ounces Aperol
- 12 ounces Cava or Champagne
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove slices of the peel; we’ll use this for garnish. Squeeze the oranges and run the juice through a sieve and discard the pulp. (Of course, if you like pulp, then skip this step!)
- Add ice to each glass. Divide the orange juice amongst the four glasses; pour two ounces of Aperol in each glass. And then top each drink with Cava or Champagne, about 3 ounces per glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.