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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Ingredients

Cinnamon-Honey-Green Tea Syrup

Cocktail

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Tips

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; 3 mg sodium. 21.3 g carbohydrates; 0.5 g protein; Full Nutrition