Intro to Aperol
-Makes one cocktail-
- 2 OZ. APEROL
- 1 OZ. GIN (I LIKE PLYMOUTH GIN)
- ¾ OZ. LEMON JUICE
- ½ OZ. SIMPLE SYRUP (see below)
- DASH OF ANGOSTURA BITTERS
- FLAMED ORANGE TWIST (OPTIONAL)
HELPFUL MEASURING TIPS: 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons = 6 teaspoons. Also, most measuring cups have markings for fluid ounces.
Combine the Aperol, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Either shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or just pour it over ice into the cocktail glass to make things simpler. Garnish with the flamed orange twist if so inclined.
TIPS AND MUSINGS
• Try to get Plymouth gin, because it blends well and won’t dominate the other ingredients.
• TO MAKE THE SIMPLE SYRUP, just mix equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, heating and stirring until all or most of the sugar dissolves. If you’re going to be serving the drink immediately then try not to heat the water any more than is needed to dissolve most of the sugar. Use plain white sugar, not other types like Sugar in the Raw that have their own flavors.[peekaboo_content]
• I’ve never bothered to add an orange peel to this drink (let alone a flamed one). A citrus peel is really critical to some cocktails, but this one is delicious without it and really easy to make that way, so don’t get hung up trying to gild the lily.
I found this recipe online or in a magazine, where it was credited to Pegu Club in NYC. Aperol is a new taste for most people, and this mixture appeals to all types of palates. It’s become one of my go-to drinks, especially for groups, because most of it can be prepped and pre-mixed ahead of time and then easily served to guests when they arrive. Plus, it’s got a dramatic bright orangish/pinkish color that commands attention, and it packs a punch. That all adds up to a good start to an evening with friends.
If you’re one of those people who hasn’t had Aperol before, it’s got a sweet flavor with some bitterness to it that adds complexity. Don’t be put off by a little bitterness! It’s part of the flavor profile of many a great cocktail, and this drink is accessible even to those who usually gravitate to drinks that are only sweet, or only sweet and citrus-y.
NOTE FROM ELETTRA: Guys, this drink goes down rrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaallllll easy and then suddenly you’re that guy at the party with lots of opinions and a slur (speaking from experience 😉 Pace yourself and enjoy![/peekaboo_content] [peekaboo]Content [/peekaboo]