Real watermelon doesn’t make an appearance in this ultra-refreshing cooler from Best Intentions in Chicago, but the combination of Aperol, cucumber vodka and fino sherry do a great job of mimicking the juicy fruit’s flavor.
1 ½ oz. cucumber vodka (Best Intentions uses Crop)
½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. fino sherry
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: mint bundle
Shake all the ingredients together in a mixing tin with ice. Pour over fresh ice cubes in a Collins glass. Garnished with fresh mint, lightly tapped on the back of the hand to release the aromatics.
Andrew Prazich & Calvin Marty, Best Intentions, Chicago
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