Rose Aperol Spritz (The Forsyte Spritzer)

Rose Aperol Spritz

A riff on a classic aperol spritz, this cocktail features aperol liqueur, simple syrup, grapefruit, and topped with sparkling rose.

This weeks Bon Appeteach “Book Club” libation was inspired by the 1921 series of novels called, The Forsyte Saga. 

The series focuses on Soames Forsyte aka “The Man of Property”.

He liked to own things, including his wife. Which obviously ended in a loveless marriage.

This obviously doesn’t at all sound like a very inspiring Valentine’s Day story, so I created this cocktail instead to hopefully ease the tension.

Because, we’re not here to actually read the book, but to drink the drinks.

Rose Aperol Spritz

Read on for all the details of today’s modern day twist on the classic prohibition aperol spritz and find details below for this week’s delicious date night Easy Keto fondue food pairing too!

Rose Aperol Spritz:

Rose Aperol Spritz ingredients

How to shake up this cocktail:

This cocktail is a riff of the classic Aperol Spritz. The first time I had one in Italy I’ll admit, I didn’t like it. Aperol is pretty bitter and I hadn’t yet discovered my love for a good craft cocktail.

This version is less bitter with the addition of a sparkling rose, the grapefruit, and the simple syrup to balance out the aperol. 

A classic spritzer is built into the glass, but because I added some homemade keto simple syrup and the grapefruit, I opted to shake them with the aperol before pouring in the rose to ensure a good mix was achieved.

Mixing the aperol spritz in a shaker

I garnished the cocktail with a grapefruit rosette. Learn how to make a fruit flower garnish too with this guide!

Cut a 1/4″ wheel from the grapefruit and cut one slit all the way into the middle. Use one edge to roll up and around and secure it with a toothpick or decorative cocktail skewer and place in the glass.

Pouring the rose over the spritz in a wine glass

What food pairs well with an aperol spritz?

To balance out the sweet and the lightly bitter notes of this cocktail, I enjoy a simple cheese platter. But if you’re looking to mix things up, try one of these recipes below:

You can easily make this your own and have a ton of fun with it for a girls night, date night, or family night!

If you’re interested in more cocktails like this one, check out my Berry Basil Sangria and this smoky Mezcal paloma as well.

Rose Aperol Spritz

Rose Aperol Spritz

A riff on a classic aperol spritz, this cocktail features the classic Campari mixed with simple syrup, grapefruit, and topped with sparkling rose.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: Rose Aperol Spritz
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Bon Appeteach

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker, add ice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and the aperol.
  • Shake until chilled.
  • Pour the contents into a wine glass.
  • Top off the glass with the sparkling rose and a grapefruit rosette.

Notes

Use honey simple or standard simple syrup too as an alternative.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 31g

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