Aperol Sour #2
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Aperol Sour #2
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Rating

4.46 / 5
The Aperol Sour #2 is a vibrant and citrus-forward cocktail that features a harmonious blend of tangy lemon juice, sweet sugar syrup, a dash of aromatic orange bitters, and a ... more The Aperol Sour #2 is a vibrant and citrus-forward cocktail that features a harmonious blend of tangy lemon juice, sweet sugar syrup, a dash of aromatic orange bitters, and a generous pour of orange liqueur. This concoction is known for its bright, refreshing taste profile with a delightful balance of sweet and sour elements. It's typically served in a lowball glass, offering a visually appealing presentation that is often garnished with a cherry, adding a touch of fruitiness and color. The Aperol Sour #2 is a popular choice for those who enjoy a zesty and slightly bitter cocktail with a sophisticated edge.
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Orange liqueur
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Cocktail cherry
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8.57% | 0.9 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Aperol Sour #2 beautifully marries the zesty pop of lemon juice with the deeper, sweet notes of orange liqueur, creating a delightfully citrus-rich sip that's both refreshing and complex. The addition of orange bitters enhances the aromatic profile, lending a subtle spice that balances the sweetness, making this cocktail a perfect choice for those who appreciate a sophisticated, sour twist in their glass.

Method
How to make a Aperol Sour #2

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into a lowball glass
Garnish with a cherry and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to enjoy an Aperol Sour #2?

The Aperol Sour #2, with its refreshing and slightly bitter notes, is perfect for summer gatherings, brunches, or as an aperitif before dinner. Its vibrant color and citrusy flavor make it an excellent choice for outdoor celebrations or to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Aperol Sour #2 for a similar flavor profile?

Yes, substitutions can be made while maintaining a similar flavor profile. For instance, if orange liqueur is not available, you might use Cointreau or Triple Sec. Similarly, if you're out of orange bitters, grapefruit bitters could offer a comparable citrusy bitterness, albeit with a slightly different flavor.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve the Aperol Sour #2 to enhance its flavors?

Serving the Aperol Sour #2 cold is key. Chill the lowball glass in advance, and ensure all ingredients are well shaken with ice before straining into the glass. Garnishing with an orange slice or a twist can also enhance its aromatic profile and visually appeal.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Aperol Sour #2 for those who don’t consume alcohol?

While the Aperol Sour #2 is inherently alcoholic due to its ingredients, a non-alcoholic version could be crafted by substituting Aperol with a non-alcoholic bitter aperitif and replacing the orange liqueur with an orange-flavored syrup or non-alcoholic substitute. Adjust the lemon juice and sugar syrup to taste.

FAQ

How does the Aperol Sour #2 differ from a traditional Aperol Spritz?

The Aperol Sour #2 differs significantly from an Aperol Spritz in terms of preparation, ingredients, and taste profile. Unlike the spritz, the Aperol Sour #2 does not include prosecco or soda water, resulting in a cocktail that is less fizzy and more focused on the sour and sweet balance of lemon juice and sugar syrup, enhanced with the bitterness of Aperol and orange bitters. It's a more concentrated and flavor-focused drink without the sparkling lightness of a spritz.

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