dragon fruit aperol spritz

Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz

The Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz is a vibrant, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or at any festivity! Crafted with Aperol, dragon fruit puree, prosecco, and sparkling water.

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Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz

I’m getting exotic with the Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz, a gorgeous twist on the classic Italian cocktail! This drink combines the vibrant flavor of dragon fruit with the complex notes of Aperol. Top with bubbly prosecco and a splash of sparkling water for the ultimate refreshing drink.

Vivid pink dragon fruit puree not only adds a pop of color but also adds a subtly sweet, tropical flavor that pairs perfectly with the herbaceous and slightly bitter Aperol. If you don’t have prosecco, cava, or champagne works here too. Cheers!

Ingredients for the Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz

  • Dragon Fruit Puree: The vibrant fruit adds a sweet, mild taste that pairs perfectly with the bitterness of Aperol. If dragon fruit is hard to find, substitute with raspberry or strawberry puree for a different but equally delicious flavor.
  • Aperol: Known for its bright orange color and unique bittersweet flavor, Aperol offers a complex herbal and citrus profile.
  • Prosecco: Choose a dry prosecco to balance the sweetness of the fruit puree. I used LaMarca. Cava or other champagne could also be used as a substitute here.
  • Sparkling Water: A splash helps to dilute the drink to the perfect strength while maintaining its fizzy quality. I like LaCroix Pure.
  • Fresh Orange Slices, Edible Flowers: For a gorgeous finishing touch! My edible flowers came from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

How to Make the Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz

Making a Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz is as simple as it is delicious!

Start by filling a wine glass with ice. Pour the dragon fruit puree over the ice, followed by the Aperol, and then slowly top with prosecco to maintain its effervescence. Add a splash of sparkling water.

Gently stir the mixture to blend the ingredients. Finally, garnish with a slice of orange and a few edible flowers for an extra pop of color!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian aperitif with a unique orange-red color and a bittersweet flavor profile. It is made from a blend of herbs, roots, and oranges, and is a staple ingredient in the famous Aperol Spritz cocktail.

How does dragon fruit taste?

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, has a mild sweet taste, reminiscent of a blend between kiwi and pear. It has a soft texture with tiny edible seeds, similar to kiwi, and its vibrant flesh ranges from white to deep magenta.

What are some tips for choosing the best prosecco for a spritz?

When choosing a prosecco for your Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz, aim for a dry (Brut) prosecco to balance the sweetness of the dragon fruit puree. A quality prosecco will enhance the cocktail with its crisp and fruity notes without overpowering the other flavors. Avoid overly sweet or low-quality sparkling wines. They can make the cocktail too sugary and mask the delicate balance of flavors.

How do I make dragon fruit puree for the Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz?

To make dragon fruit puree, start by slicing a ripe dragon fruit in half and scooping out the flesh. Blend the flesh until smooth, adding a splash of water if needed. For an ultra-smooth texture, strain the puree to remove seeds. Store the puree in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to three months.

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Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz

The Dragon Fruit Aperol Spritz is a vibrant and refreshing cocktail crafted with Aperol, dragon fruit puree, prosecco, and sparkling water!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aperol, Aperol Spritz, bubbly, bubbly cocktail, Dragon Fruit, prosecco
Yield: 1

Materials

  • 3/4 oz dragon fruit puree
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 3 oz prosecco
  • Splash sparkling water
  • Garnish: orange, edible flowers

Instructions

  • Fill a wine glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir to combine.
  • If desired, garnish with an orange slice and edible flowers.

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