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I have decided that any of my favorite fruit combinations should be used to develop new drink recipes. This Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria Spritzer recipe idea has been rolling around in my head for a while. Since my kids are on Christmas break, I am making a drink a day to keep sane and able to ignore the continuous nit picking. So, on day one this strawberry rhubarb sangria spritzer was developed and inspired by the Aperol I snagged when in Chicago a few weeks back.
Aperol Spritzis one of the most popular aperitifs in Italy. Aperol is a rhubarb and orange liquor with aromatics and light bitters in the undertones. With this as inspiration, I thought I could bring the fruit up a notch in the cocktail and strengthen the alcohol content with the help of some vanilla vodka.
Like most of my sangrias, the base was citrus. Limes and oranges specifically. The rhubarb and strawberries were both frozen. Frozen because I made this in winter and frozen because then they serve as ice cubes as well. I poured the vanilla vodka and Aperol over top. Then poured the whole bottle of prosecco over top of the fruit.
Like any good sangria, let the flavors blend together for a bit before serving. The juices from the frozen strawberries and rhubarb will blend into the Prosecco, Aperol and vodka. It will not be a sweet sangria but not a super dry sangria either. If you want a sweeter sangria, try using a sparkling moscato instead of an extra dry Prosecco.
Enjoy this sangria all year long, but I look forward to having it on Christmas Day.
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 lime sliced
- 8 ounces of strawberries frozen or fresh
- 8 ounces of cut rhubarb frozen or fresh
- 1/3 cup Aperol
- 1/3 cup Vanilla Vodka
- 1 bottle of Extra Dry Prosecco
Layer oranges, limes, strawberries and rhubarb in a pitcher.
Pour vodka, Aperol and Prosecco over top. Stir to combine.
Chill for two hours before serving.
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