Fall Spritz Cocktails to Add a Little Sparkle to the Season

There’s a lot to celebrate during the fall and what better way to do so than with a boozy toast? These autumn-inspired spritz cocktails are the perfect way to incorporate some of our favorite seasonal flavors to a bubbly beverage. Say cheers to Plated Chef Liz, the genius who developed these three go-to drinks (and gave us her very own descriptions, too).

Pear-y nice to meet you spritz

Refreshing, but familiar, like a hug from your best friend after they got an amazing haircut.

Pear Simple Syrup
3 Bosc pears, washed and diced into .5-inch pieces
½ cup granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise pod
1.5 cups water

1. Add all ingredients to a medium pot.
2. Over medium heat, cook, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook until pears begin to break apart and flavors have melded, 15-20 minutes more.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
4. Strain pear syrup, pressing pears to ensure all the syrup has been strained.
5. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

1 Bosc pear
1/2 cup of Prosecco
1 oz. Aperol
2 tablespoons pear simple syrup

1. Fill a glass ¼ way with ice.
2. Add 2 tablespoons pear simple syrup, fill 1/2 cup with Prosecco, and top with 1 oz. Aperol.
3. Garnish with freshly sliced Bosc pear.
4. Enjoy!

Pomegranate spritz

“The Pomsky of spritzes with pomegranate and whiskey… with no Pomeranians or Huskies needed.”

2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
1/2 cup Prosecco
1 oz. whiskey
For garnish: lemon peel or ¼ cup pomegranate arils (seeds)

1. Fill a glass ¼ way with ice.
2. Add 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice, fill 1/2 way with Prosecco, and top with 1 oz. whiskey.
3. Garnish with a lemon peel or pomegranate arils.
4. Enjoy!

Rosemary Lambrusco spritz

“Spritzes are always sparkling white wine…why not with red?”

Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 cup water
½ cup granulated sugar
8 sprigs rosemary

1. Add water, sugar, and rosemary sprigs to a medium pot over medium heat and cook until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
2. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer 15-20 minutes, until flavors have melded.
3. Allow to cool and remove rosemary sprigs.

1/2 cup Lambrusco
1 oz.  rosemary simple syrup
2 sprigs rosemary
½ cup soda water
1 oz. Calvados

1. Fill a glass ¼ way with ice
2. Fill each glass ½ way with Lambrusco, add 1 oz. rosemary simple syrup, top with a splash of soda water, and finish with 1 oz. Calvados.
3. Stir with a fresh rosemary sprig.
4. Enjoy!

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