This delightful Cinnamon Orange Spritzer features bubbly Prosecco, tangy orange juice and homemade cinnamon simple syrup. It’s a smooth, sweet, and spiced cocktail that’s equal parts impressive to serve and easy to make!
Cinnamon Orange Spritzer
Happy fall, friends! If it’s still hot and sunny where you reside, no worries – this cinnamon orange spritzer is the perfect transitional cocktail for you. The orange juice is delightfully bright while the spiced simple syrup warms things up a bit to get all of those autumnal vibes. There’s prosecco in the mix to get that sparkling spritzer quality, of course! And don’t let the homemade cinnamon simple syrup scare you off – it’s one of the easiest things to make that you’ll love keeping on hand for so many other things, like adding to your morning coffee!
What is a Spritzer?
A spritzer is a bubbly cocktail. It can be made with liquor or white wine and club soda. However, in this fun recipe, we’re using prosecco for the bubbles and orange juice and simple syrup for added flavor!
How to Make Cinnamon Orange Spritzers
Make the simple syrup. Wisk together the sugar and water in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon sticks, stir, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes or up to an hour.
Let it cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks from the simple syrup. Let it cool for 30 minutes to an hour, or until room temperature.
Pour. Add ice to two glasses. Pour half of the orange juice and prosecco into each glass. Add a splash of simple syrup in each glass.
Garnish. This is the fun part! Garnish your spritzers with a ribboned orange peel, a thinly sliced orange, a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.
Storing Cinnamon Orange Spritzer
These spritzers should be served as soon as they’re made. If you let them sit for too long, all of those lovely prosecco bubbles will go flat.
However, you can make the cinnamon simple syrup ahead of time! Let it totally cool to room temperature prior to storing. Properly kept in an airtight container in the fridge, it’ll stay fresh for up to 2 weeks and at room temperature for 5 days.
Ingredient Notes for Cinnamon Orange Spritzer
Prosecco – Try to use a good middle of the road bottle of prosecco. While it doesn’t necessarily need to be an expensive bottle, you do want to stay away from the cheaper options if possible.
Orange Juice – I prefer orange juice with no pulp when it comes to my cocktails. Even better if it’s freshly squeezed right from the fruit! And if you have any OJ left over, use it to make my favorite Thanksgiving Punch.
Cinnamon Sticks – They must be sticks, not ground cinnamon. If you’d like to use ground cinnamon in this recipe, use it as a garnish.
Cinnamon Orange Spritzer
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 4 Ounces Orange Juice
- 6 Ounces Prosecco
- Whisk the sugar and water together in a small saucepan then add the cinnamon sticks and stir.
- Bring it to a boil over high heat then turn the heat down to the lowest setting and let it simmer for 15 minutes or up to an hour for maximum flavor.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks from the pan and set the syrup aside to cool for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Add some ice to 2 glasses and pour half of the orange juice and prosecco into each of the glasses.
- Pour ½-1 ounce of the simple syrup into each glass and stir. Taste and add more syrup If needed.
- Garnish with ribboned orange peel, thinly sliced orange, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks if desired.
- Optional: To get a smokey cinnamon scent and to make your drink look a bit more fancy, burn the end of a cinnamon stick that won’t be in your drink with a lighter until it starts to smoke then place it in your drink and enjoy!