I’ve never been a fan of spring break.
Sure, I love taking breaks from just about anything in life, but binge drinking on a beach was never my idea of fun. This month’s Mixology Monday, hosted by Joel of Southern Ash, thankfully isn’t asking us to revive those drinks that are synonymous with MTV shows. Instead it’s more about cracking out those warm weather sippers called for when we see the first signs of sunshine, when flowers are in bloom and the sun is making an appearance after a long, frigid winter.
I turned to Cappelletti and gin for this. A friend of mine sent me a flat of Florida citrus for my birthday, so I knew I wanted to incorporate some sour orange juice into a cocktail. I added some lime juice and simple syrup to balance the bitter flavors.
For those not familiar with Cappelletti, it’s a wine based aperitif that’s less austere than Campari in flavor. Made in the Alto Adige region of Italy from the trebbiano grape, it’s a bit sweeter, and has less alcohol than its distillate counterpart. I love the texture and full orange flavor, and it’s perfect to sip by itself, or mix with spirits.
This drink is both sweet and tart, with a note of bitterness. Its lightness makes it perfect for spring break.
- 2 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce Cappelletti
- ½ ounce sour orange juice
- ½ ounce lime juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes Peychauds bitters
- 1 orange rind, to garnish
Combine all ingredients except orange rind in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake until ingredients are cold. Double strain over new ice into your favorite glass. Garnish with the orange rind.