Intro to Aperol Recipe

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Maggie Hoffman

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 3 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce London Dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: orange twist

Directions

  1. 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.

Special equipment

cocktail shaker and strainer