Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club in New York created this fruity and bittersweet drink to introduce customers to the flavor of Aperol. The cocktail is citrusy and mildly herbal, with a subtle undercurrent of bitterness.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- 2 ounces Aperol
- 1 ounce London Dry gin
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Garnish: orange twist
Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full with ice. Add Aperol, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.