Aperol, where have you been all my life? You delicious, bitter-in-a-good-way, orangey, golden-pink, teensy-bit-sweet, apertivo! If you like Manhattans, or other not-too-sweet and slightly bitter flavors, you will really enjoy Aperol. It’s an Italian apertivo that’s made with bitter orange, and has the most incredible cantaloupe color, perfect for festive holiday mixing. Makes 2
- 2 oz. dry gin, such as New Deal’s Portland Dry Gin 33
- 1 oz. Aperol
- 2-4 drops Peychaud’s bitters
- 2 oz. prosecco, cava, or other sparkling wine
- Orange peel garnish
Combine the gin, Aperol, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts over, about 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and pour the prosecco on top. Garnish with an orange peel twist.