Intro to Aperol Recipe

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 Details

Intro to Aperol Recipe

Active 3 mins
Total 3 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 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


  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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
226 Calories
0g Fat
26g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 38mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)