Italian Margarita

OK, so try this on for size… You have a margarita (and according to Archer) so that means, you have tequila, cointreau, lime juice, ice, and kosher salt.  Take away the kosher salt… and instead of cointreau, you have cocchi americano, aperol and a few dashes of Boker’s bitters.  This keeps the bitter orange flavor…

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Coupé

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…

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Imperial Cocktail

Although I have seen a few cocktails bearing the name “Imperial Cocktail”, this is a variation I find that is a good mix of sour and refreshing.  Although this is essentially a gimlet with the addition of Aperol, I would recommend against using all Rose’s lime juice as it adds a bit too much sugar….

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Aperol Spritz

The spritz.  A widely known cocktail in Italia comprising of an orange based bitter italian liquor, seltzer and Prosecco, garnished with castelvetrano olives (fresh green olives) is one of my favorite cocktails originating outside of the US.  This refreshingly bitter drink can be found anywhere in Italy and can vary from sweet to bitter (depending…

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