Aperol Sour

This simple twist on a gin sour adds complexity and color with the classic aperitivo. The aperol sour includes gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and, of course, aperol. This beautiful cocktail features bitter, floral and citrus notes, and can be made with or without egg white.

Two aperol sours with lemon twists, a bottle of aperol in the background with a hand lifting the back glass up.

What you will love about the Aperol sour

  • This sour drink is a great way to ease yourself into the world of bitter cocktails. If you’re not ready for a negroni or a black manhatten, you should try this.
  • The flavor of this cocktail is so complex – sweet, slightly bitter, and definitely unique. It’s just so satisfying.
  • Sometimes, simple ingredients can make a fantastic cocktail, and this is just that.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make one

An aperol sour with a lemon twist, with a bottle of aperol in the background, a glass bowl with lemon wedges and melting ice surrounding.

How to make an aperol sour

Shake the cocktail. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Aperol, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake until cold.

Garnish and serve. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Alternate method: If you want to make this cocktail with egg white, you’ll want to do a dry shake. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shake with an egg white. Shake for about 30 seconds. Then, add ice to the shaker and shake again until cold. Strain into cocktail glass.

Two aperol sours garnished with lemon twists in coupe glasses with a cocktail jigger and melting ice scattered on the table next to them.

aperol sour: frequently asked questions

What kind of alcohol is Aperol?

Aperol is a bittersweet Italian liqueur with an orange taste. It is great for sipping with appetizers or as a palate cleanser, but also perfect for mixing into a cocktail.

Does Aperol need to be refrigerated?

Once you open a bottle of Aperol, it is best to keep it in the fridge. This will make it last longer, as well as keep its flavor at its best.

Can I substitute Campari for Aperol?

Yes you absolutely can! Just remember that Campari has a more bitter taste that Aperol, so it won’t be quite as sweet, but it will still make a delicious cocktail.

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Aperol Sour

This simple twist on a gin sour adds complexity and color with the classic aperitivo. The aperol sour includes gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and, of course, aperol. This beautiful cocktail features bitter, floral and citrus notes, and can be made with or without egg white.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Liqueur
  • Method: Shaking

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • For garnish: lemon twist

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Aperol, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake until cold.

  2. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Egg white/dry shake method: Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shake with an egg white. Shake for about 30 seconds. Then, add ice to the shaker and shake again until cold. Strain into cocktail glass.

Keywords: aperol sour, aperol cocktail, gin sour, sour cocktail recipe

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