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May 30, 2014

Bittersweet Martini

Bittersweet Martini

The basis for this Bittersweet Martini is Aperol, a low alcohol Italian digestif made from bitter oranges, sweet oranges, rhubarb, and other root vegetables. It is somewhat like Campari, but with half the alcohol, and a much milder flavor.

Bittersweet Martini

It is best know as an ingredient in "The Spritz," an Italian cocktail with Aperol or some other bitter liqueur, procecco, and soda on the rocks.

This cocktail is so refreshing, with just enough bitterness to give it an "adult" flavor, but just enough sweetness to make it easy to sip on a warm evening.

Bittersweet Martini

Adapted from A Cocktail Life, makes one cocktail.


2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Aperol
1/2 ounce tangelo or tangerine juice (you can also use orange juice)
1/2 ounce lime juice (I used Bearss lime juice)
1 1/2 tsp frozen lemonade concentrate
Grapefruit, tangelo, tangerine, or orange twist


  1. Fill a shaker with ice and add the gin, Aperol, juices, and lemonade concentrate. 
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
  3. Twist the zest over the cocktail and drop it into the cocktail.

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