One of the more ingredient-heavy drinks I have ever made, but one of my favorite original cocktails I have ever made as well. The Coupé combines tequila and a bitter citrus to make a great tequila based drink that is not sweet like the majority that exist. The Aperol adds a delightful citrus-grapefruit flavor but nice bitterness and the Fernet rounds out with some more herbal bitterness. The vermouth and Lillet pair together to smooth everything out without hiding the tequila.
This really is one of my favorite drinks I have ever dreamed up and I challenge you to give it a try. Feel free to modify it in any way you choose and let me know how the results go, and if you find a way to improve it please let me know that too!
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz Aperol
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Lillet Rouge
Combine all ingredients and shake on ice, garnish with a big piece of orange zest. I contemplated serving this in a martini glass but the color just seemed more appropriate for a coupe. I am sure that is not the correct way to decide which glass to serve something in, but an orange drink in a martini glass just seemed wrong to me. This is also the reason I gave the drink the name Coupé, it just seemed fitting to put a Spanish twist on it.