This Summer Manhattan is a light summery twist on a Manhattan. Aperol and Prosecco step for the rye whiskey in this fun, bubbly cocktail!
Sparkling Summer Cocktail
I’m calling this a Summer Manhattan because that is what Valerie Bertinelli called it. I was perusing through her “One Dish at a Time” cookbook and was intrigued by the sound of this cocktail.
In this recipe, Aperol and Prosecco take the place of Rye Whiskey. That’s quite a substitution. One might argue that it takes it out of the Manhattan Cocktail range.
If you think it’s too far gone from a Manhattan, then may I suggest our Classic Manhattan.
But I’m not going to quibble. We loved this cocktail, it was light, bubbly and perfect for warm weather (or cool!) sipping.
Aperol – a bright red, bitter Italian aperitif. Campari would be an interesting substitution.
Bitters – the original recipe called for Angostura Bitters. We had a bottle of Cherry Bark Vanilla from Bittercube. This would be a fun cocktail to experiment with different bitters.
Prosecco – use your favorite brand.
We decided to build this cocktail in glass. So fill a double rocks glass or a flute with ice.
Add 1 ounce of Aperol.
Pour in one ounce of Sweet Vermouth.
Add a dash of bitters and stir. (Sorry I put my photos together in the collage out of order!)
Top with Prosecco.
Garnish with a cherry – we used our Homemade Maraschino Cherries.
We really enjoyed this cocktail. It was light and refreshing. It would be the perfect party or backyard barbecue cocktail – lower in alcohol and easy to customize.
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- 1 ounce Aperol
- 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- 3 oz Prosecco
- 1 maraschino cherry for garnish
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add Aperol, sweet Vermouth and a dash of bitters to the glass.
- Top with Prosecco and garnish with a cherry.