Aperol Sour
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Aperol Sour
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Rating

4.38 / 5
The Aperol Sour cocktail is a vibrant and tangy drink, perfect for those who enjoy a bitter yet refreshingly sweet taste profile. This cocktail combines the orange-hued Aperol, renowned for ... more The Aperol Sour cocktail is a vibrant and tangy drink, perfect for those who enjoy a bitter yet refreshingly sweet taste profile. This cocktail combines the orange-hued Aperol, renowned for its bitter and herbal qualities, with the sharp acidity of fresh lemon juice, balanced out by the sweetness of sugar syrup. Its bright color and enticing citrus aroma make it a popular choice, especially for an aperitif or a summertime refreshment. Served in a highball glass, the Aperol Sour is a stylish and accessible choice for those who appreciate a sophisticated, zesty beverage with a pleasing complexity.
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Aperol
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6.29% | 0.66 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
60ml 2oz 6cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Aperol Sour is a delightful dance of bitter and sweet, making it a standout cocktail for those who appreciate complexity in their drinks. The bright, herbaceous bitterness of Aperol melds beautifully with the sharp tang of lemon juice, while the sugar syrup softens the edges, offering a refreshingly balanced sip with every taste.

Method
How to make a Aperol Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into highball glass over ice and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is Aperol and why is it used in the Aperol Sour?

Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. It has a vibrant orange color, with a unique bittersweet taste and an alcohol content of 11%. It is used in the Aperol Sour to provide a refreshing, bitter, and slightly sweet flavor, making the cocktail a perfect choice for summer or as a before-dinner drink.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another apéritif for Aperol in the Aperol Sour?

Yes, you can substitute another apéritif for Aperol, although the taste profile will change. Campari is a popular choice for a substitute, offering a more bitter flavor. Another option could be Lillet Blanc or St-Germain for a sweeter, floral flavor. However, using a different apéritif will result in a cocktail that is similar but not quite the traditional Aperol Sour.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness in my Aperol Sour if it's too bitter or too sweet?

To adjust the sweetness in your Aperol Sour, you can vary the amount of sugar syrup based on your preference. If the drink is too bitter, add a little more sugar syrup. If it's too sweet for your taste, reduce the sugar syrup or add a bit more lemon juice to balance out the sweetness with some acidity.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with an Aperol Sour?

Aperol Sour pairs well with a variety of foods, particularly Italian appetizers and light dishes. Seafood, especially shellfish, light pasta dishes, olives, cured meats, and cheese boards work wonderfully with its bittersweet and citrusy notes. Light, fresh salads and bruschetta also complement the refreshing aspects of an Aperol Sour.

FAQ

Is the Aperol Sour suitable for all seasons, or is it more of a seasonal drink?

While the Aperol Sour, with its refreshing and citrusy profile, is often associated with summer and warm weather, it's actually versatile enough to be enjoyed year-round. Its bright orange color and uplifting flavor make it a pleasant choice for spring and summer, but its bittersweet complexity can also offer a delightful contrast during the colder months, making it a versatile choice for any season.

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