This Grapefruit Mimosa Spritz is without a doubt my new favourite drink. Slighty sweet, slightly bitter, bubbly, refreshing and elegant. Think grapefruit Mimosa meets Aperol Spritz. 1 part Aperol, 2 parts freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and 3 parts bubbly (champagne, MCC or prosecco) is all you need for a fabulous drink suitable for brunch, lunch, sunset cocktails or a celebratory aperitivo.
I saw the recipe in December while visiting dear friends in Canada. It was in the LCBO’s (The Liquor Control Board of Ontario) Holiday 2019 magazine and just loved the combination of flavours. Grapefruit is not a fruit I eat that often and hardly ever use as an ingredient. But using it as an ingredient in a drink makes perfect sense, citrussy, stunning colour and not overly sweet. Most importantly, make sure all three ingredients are chilled when you make the drink.
Aperol does get a bad rap (seemingly mostly from Italians who think it is a drink for tourists) while loved by Instagrammers with the hashtag #spritzlife all over the app. And no matter what the New York Times might say in the article The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink I am one of those tourists who drink it in Italy and definitely here at home.
The recipe is easy and straightforward which makes it great to serve a crowd. Mix the grapefruit and Aperol and refrigerate a day before. All you need to do when your guests arrive is mix equal parts of the grapefruit mix and bubbly and you are sorted.
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- To make 1 drink
- 30ml Aperol
- 60ml strained freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit juice (chilled)
- 90ml sparkling wine, mcc or champagne (chilled)
- a grapefruit wedge for garnish
- Pour the Aperol and grapefruit juice into a chilled glass filled with some ice
- Give it a stir for 10 seconds
- Top with the bubbly, pouring slowly
- Give it a stir
- Garnish with the grapefruit wedge
- Serve immediately