Miss Mojito was excited to meet a new-to-her aperitif during Richmond Restaurant Week. Aperol is an Italian liqueur that sings strongly with both sweet and bitter notes. In particular, you’ll notice a strong orange flavor that’s tempered by hints of rhubarb and herbs.
I encountered Aperol in a fantastic cocktail called the Hummingbird at Acacia Midtown (check out the fun presentation in the photo at right – I love the mini pitcher that accompanies the glass). Unfortunately, Miss Mojito was not the best reporter this particular evening, and so I’m blanking on ingredients. What I do recall is fresh pineapple juice. I’m thinking a mixture of Aperol, tequila, pineapple and agave might be right on the mark. But if you’re looking for something a bit less experimental, I might steer you in the direction of the Aperol Spritz, which I found over at the fantastic-but-soon-to-be-extinct-Gourmet.com.
- 1 1/2 ounces Aperol
- 2 ounces Prosecco
- Sparkling water
- Lemon twist
Pour Aperol and Prosecco in a champagne flute and top with sparkling water. Garnish with lemon twist and serve.
Aperol is easily recognized by its distinctive, burnt orange color, and since that color is a harbinger of fall, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to highlight some autumn-inspired shoes.
(Top) Lovely People Ambrose Open-Toe Platform Bootie, $119 at Piperlime.com
(Middle) Samanta T-Strap Q Pump, $96 at Endless.com
(Bottom) Nine West Elkie Sandal, $89 at NineWest.com
Posted by Miss Mojito.