The perfect Spring time cocktail has arrived: the Aperol Cosmo!
Sister to my favorite edition of an Aperol drink, the Aperol Spritz, I wanted to try something new during the quarantine days.
First I'd like to tackle the most common question: what is Aperol?
It's an Italian bitter apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. In more common words, it's a concentrated liquor that is low in alcohol but packs a potent taste (so use sparingly).
Once mixed with the alcohol/ mixers of choice the taste is similar to oranges. This shouldn't come as a surprise since the color itself is a vibrant hue of blood orange to begin with. Now another common bitter used widely in Europe for Spring and Summer drinks is Campari - Campari is extremely bitter and is probably my least favorite bitter cordial out there. Aperol however is a complete 180 opposite of its similar looking Campari neighbor.
So what do you need to make your own Aperol Cosmo?
- Shaker glass
- Jigger (make sure it measures 1 and 1/2 oz pours)
- Martini or Coupe glasses (any really will do but I love a good drink glass)
- 2 oz Vodka (I used local distiller Mr. Tom's - it's certified sugar free and gluten free!)
- 1/2 oz Aperol
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
I love the comeback the coupe glasses are having. The coupe glass was once the original design of the champagne flute. However it was discovered that champagne does best with a small surface area (this is in order to preserve the carbonation) so hence how we all understand the champagne flute design is today.
1. Fill shaker cup with ice half way
2. Pour 2 oz Vodka into cup
3. Pour 1 oz fresh lime juice
4. Add 1/2 oz Aperol
5. Shake vigorously until shaker is chilled (10-20 seconds)
6. Pour into glass of choice
7. Lightly dust rim with lime wedge or peel
8. Garnish and Enjoy!
Stay tuned for more Grazing Haus Happy Hour recipes coming soon!