For this festive sparkling-wine cocktail recipe, Aperol--a bright red, mildly bitter Italian aperitif--is mixed with sparkling wine and homemade green tea-cinnamon simple syrup. If you can't find Aperol, Campari is an ideal substitute. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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Cinnamon-Honey-Green Tea Syrup


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare Cinnamon Honey-Green Tea Syrup: Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add green tea bags; let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in honey. Let cool 30 minutes and then refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Stir in cinnamon just before using. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

  • To prepare an individual cocktail: Combine 1 ounce of the honey syrup and Aperol in a wine glass. Top with sparkling wine. Add ice, if using. Garnish with clementine slices.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the Honey Syrup (Step 1; without the cinnamon) for up to 1 week. Stir in cinnamon just before using.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; total fatg; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 3mg; potassium 38mg 1% DV; carbohydrates 21.3g 7% DV; fiber 0.4g 2% DV; sugar 17g; protein 0.5g 1% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 2IU; vitamin cmg; folate 1mcg; calcium 9mg; ironmg; magnesium 2mg; thiaminmg; added sugar 17g.