Apple Cider Aperol Spritz … You’re Invited to an Autumn Progressive Dinner

Today I’m joining a fun group of bloggers to host an autumn progressive dinner. I’m kicking off the evening with Apple Cider Aperol Spritz’ on the patio … come on in!

Do you love a progressive dinner?

I love a progressive dinner.

And I’m thrilled to join Annie, Mary Ann, Cindy, and Sheri to host an Autumn Progressive Dinner.

Here’s what’s on the menu.

Autumn Progressive Dinner Menu

Oh my, doesn’t it all sound scrumptious?!

And perfect for an autumn evening with friends.

Since I’m in California, weather permitting, we’ll kick things off with spritzers on the patio.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz

Images by Monica Vargas Photography

Tray of Apple Cider Aperol Spritzers garnished with thyme and apple slices.

When serving a crowd, batched drinks are the way to go.

And this spritz can be mixed in a pitcher shortly before guests arrive.

More on that later .

Let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients on a wooden tray for Apple Cider Aperol Spritzers.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz for 10

You’ll need hard cider, Aperol, Club Soda and ice.

For garnish, thyme sprigs and apple slices.

Up level your presentation by rimming the glasses with cinnamon sugar.

(If you’d like to make single spritzers: 4 oz hard cider, 2 oz Aperol, 1 oz Club Soda)

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz in autumn setting.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz for a Party (Serves 10)

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Servings 10 Spritz


  • 5 cups Hard Apple Cider
  • 2 1/2 cups Aperol
  • 1 1/4 cup Club Soda Or top glasses with a free pour. About 1 oz each.
  • Ice
  • 10 Thyme sprigs For garnish.
  • 10 Apple slices For garnish.

Cinnamon Sugar for Rim

  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cinnamon


  • Combine Aperol and cider in a large pitcher and stir.
  • Pour into prepared glasses (rimmed with cinnamon sugar and filled with ice) to about 1" below rim.
  • Top glasses with Club Soda.
  • Garnish each glass with a sprig of thyme and slice of apple.

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

  • Thorough combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow bowl or ramekin that is wider than the mouth of serving glass.
  • Pour a little hard cider or apple cider in a second bowl.
  • Dip top of glass into cider, then dip it into cinnamon sugar until the rim is evenly coated.

Shortly before your guests arrive, combine cider and Aperol in a pitcher and stir.

When ready to serve, pour into ice filled, cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses.

Leave room at the top to add the Club Soda.

Garnish with a thyme sprig and apple slice.

And you’re ready welcome guests!

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz on green napkin next to woven pumpkin.


Woman carrying tray of Apple Cider Aperol Spritz.

There will be lots of wonderful food throughout the evening.

But I always offer something to nibble while sipping cocktails.

Something simple, easy and fun that you can buy or throw together quickly.

I made Ina Garten’s Chipoltle & Rosemary Roasted Nuts from her How Easy is That? cookbook.

I substituted thyme for rosemary because I was using it to garnish the drinks.

You could also offer potato chips, cheese straws, or how about truffled popcorn.

Tray of Apple Cider Aperol Spritz and bowl of roasted nuts.

Brief aside –

Years ago we lived in a fun Sonoma county neighborhood (read about a day in Sonoma here).

Every December we got together for a holiday progressive dinner.

No surprise, Jim and I hosted cocktails.

One year I made pitchers of Cosmos (in addition to a huge appetizer spread).

One of our neighbors, who hadn’t eaten all day, enjoyed a couple Cosmo’s but no food.

And didn’t make it to the next stop.

There was a lot of gentle teasing in the years that followed.

But seriously, there by the grace of god …

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz and roasted nuts.

As the first stop on the autumn progressive dinner trail, I want to set a fun vibe.

We’ll be cocktailing on the patio with fire pit going and twinkle lights overhead.

And fun, upbeat music.

A great playlist is essential.

And I’ve been relying on upbeat Yacht Rock to set a festive mood.

Yes, it sounds cheesy.

But it seems to put everyone happy.

Including me.

I’ve only recently delved into Spotify.

I know.

This is my go-to Yacht Rock playlist.

Woman holding Apple Cider Aperol Spritz.

Maggie and Pippa are excited to welcome you.

Two little white dogs on outdoor sofa.

Hope you didn’t wear black!

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz drinks.

Let’s get this party started!

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz

Shop the Spritz ~

So there you have it.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz on the patio.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz

The first stop on our Autumn Progressive Dinner.

Next stop, Harvest Charcuterie & Wine at Cindy’s.

Be sure to visit each and every house for amazing recipes and entertaining ideas!

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Are you inspired to host an Autumn Progressive Dinner?

I hope so.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz Pin Collage

As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

See you on Saturday when I join Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

woman holding apple cider aperol spritzer.

Cheers from Snowberry!


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  • 5 stars
    Juliet I love these! My daughter introduced me to Aperol Spritz not too long ago; I always thought of them as a summer drink but you did a beautiful job and so simply too! The sugar cinnamon rim is right up my alley and you can bet I’ll be serving these this Thanksgiving! Thank you for the easy and wonderful idea! xo

  • 5 stars
    I love cocktails! And a progressive dinner sounds like a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Fall evening. I have not been to one in years.
    I have pinned this so that I can make it this weekend.
    Off to check out the rest of the dinner!
    Have a wonderful day Juliet! I will see you Saturday.
    P.S. Hope your back is feeling better.

    • Elizabeth … I know, I haven’t been to one in years either. I’m tempted to knock on a few neighbors doors … wouldn’t they be in shock?! My back is getter better and I’ll see you Saturday! xo

  • Every Christmas our Court does a Progressive Feast!Been a few years as WE were rudely interrupted by Covid!
    Our house was the house AFTER DESERTS
    For Midnight pasta just in case you were still Hungry and Limoncello‼️

    • I love that so much! My neighborhood really needs to step it up. Maybe I should knock on some doors and suggest a party … we can have cocktail at my house and surely there must be someone of Italian decent who can handle midnight pasta and Limoncello! xo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet!! what a way to get the party started!! The drink is so gorgeous and that sugar cinnamon rim! Sweet and spicy! Love the color, the snack ideas too!! Perfect!

  • A wonderful post, timed perfectly to inspire our meal planning and our bar offerings for the season of entertainment and celebration ahead!

  • Oh, your post made me laugh… reminding me of a party we hosted many years ago when Cosmos were the ‘in’ cocktail. We, too, made them by the pitcher and what a mistake! Numerous people overindulged. And then no one wanted to eat any of the food I had spent the day preparing; they all seemed to decide jumping in the pool was the thing to do. Those that were drinking something else just sat back and enjoyed the show! Needless to say, we were much younger then and our parties aren’t nearly as fun anymore.

  • Oh my gosh these are gorgeous! But I expected nothing less. I guess I am going to have to start a drinks Pinterest Board. My Pinterest V.A will kill me. What a fun drink for Turkey Day!

  • Juliet,
    This looks amazing … Love Aperols and the idea of making it ahead with the batches is genius! This takes a lot of the work out. I’m down with Yacht Rock.. It’s my favorite channel on Sirius so I will have to try the playlist! Love the nuts too. You do cocktails so well I can see why no one left your house.
    So funny remember when cosmos were the thing.. Max bragged to his work at the time, that it was his drink and he can make them all for everyone at a holiday gather..he didn’t have a clue, it was kind of a ladies drink.. We still give him a hard time about it..
    Beautiful post as always ! This might be our Thanksgiving cocktail now that all my kids are 21! xo

  • 5 stars
    Sounds like so much fun. I love the idea of doing as a neighborhood.
    That drink looks delicious. I wonder if you could use apple cider (non-alcoholic) with the rest of the ingredients to make a lighter drink? I may give that a try.

    The cosmo debacle is funny!

    • Hi Laurie … absolutely you could use an apple cider. Although what I do is just our myself half the 1-drink recipe. I’m such a lightweight and can never finish an entire drink … so I’ve learned to just pour half a glass. A neighborhood progressive would be so fun … I feel like knocking on my neighbors doors. But they’d think I’m a crazy woman! xo

  • Of course you would be in charge of cocktails! And they look great and sound wonderful. I’ve so moved away from wine and more toward cocktails. Looking forward to some holiday libations. Cheers!!

  • Juliet, what a great post. I love Aperol spritzers and will be trying these for Thanksgiving. Thank you for inspiring me to try something new.

  • Just read this one too! I need to move out there with you gals – nobody will drink a fun cocktail like that with me! Everyone wants an IPA or wine or a very straight cocktail. Boooring!
    Although you are right, anything sweet will knock you out quickly…I had one too many cosmos on my birthday this year~

  • 5 stars
    This looks and sounds fabulous! I’m going to make these tomorrow night for my witchy wine night! Wondering how far in advance can one make the aperol cider mix… I’m thinking of using regular apple cider and possibly a bit of Prosecco. Let me know what you think.

  • I have a question! I’m making this in a couple days for a small dinner party.
    What did you use on the glassware to make the cinnamon sugar mixture stick to the glass?

    • Hi Shirley, I poured a little bit of the cider into a bowl and dipped the top of the glass into it and then the cinnamon. Hope that helps! xo

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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