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The Muffitini. Inspired by an Aperol Lover
Stephen Tortorici , Editor | Oct 2, 2014
Title: Editor
Topic category: Vodka
FROM:Tipplerist

Aperol has gorgeous color I’m entranced with. It’s wonderful bitter orange flavor is not an acquired taste, it's a required taste as far as I’m concerned. Poking around, a couple of my favorite haunts confirmed to me that Aperol is a hot thing now.

It all began at a bar dinner at Joe Allen, NYC. While watching for celebrity antics my LA friend Melissa ordered her favorite cocktail which is an essentially an Aperol Martini. Very refreshing. At Melissa’s request I’m creating this new cocktail formulation.

There are a few Aperol martini concoctions floating around, I wanted my version to be a bit different. Melissa suggested fresh ginger as an ingredient, which was an inspired choice. This concoction was light and delicious with what I can only describe as an adult level sweetness. Grapefruit juice turned out to be a the right addition as it added its own kinder, gentler tang, different from lemon or lime. The fresh ginger added a lovely, pungent dimension conspiring with the other ingredients.

But first, for orange-starved among us, here’s the 411 on Aperol.

What is it? It is considered an Italian aperitivo.
When was it created? 1919, not being a success until after WW II.
By who? Produced now by the Campari company, via Padua-based Luigi and Silvio Barbieri.
Does it have a signature cocktail? The Aperol Spritz.
What color is it? Gorgeous orange. Hey Hermès, this is your aperitivo.
What’s It made of? OMG, lots stuff. Including but not limited to licorice, fennel, aniseed, popular buds, bitter clover, wormwood, valerian, gentian, bitter orange, andcinchiona and rhubarb.
What’s it taste like? Sweet, herbalesque orange with a slightly bitter edge. Infinitely mixable.
How potent? Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%—less than half of Campari.
Anything else? Aperol is known as Campari’s younger brother.

And now Melissa, your Muffitini. As delightful and complex as you.

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 Slice Fresh Ginger

Shake all the ingredients with ice robustly to make sure the ginger muddles and infuses. Strain into only a chilled ultra chic martini glass. For some reason, this cocktail didn't need a garnish, like Melissa. Fabulous as is.

Tags: Vodka, Aperol, Simple Syrup, Ginger, Grapefruit Juice, Tipplerist Original
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