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Nightshade Apero: A Low-Proof Highball

Nightshade Apero

Bell peppers lend a savory character to this highball.

Make the most of bell peppers with this savory, low-proof highball from Julep in Houston.


  • 2 oz. white port (Julep uses Taylor Fladgate)
  • 3/4 oz. Select Aperitivo
  • 3/4 oz. bell pepper/thyme syrup
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz. tonic water
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:thyme sprigs, lemon wheel


In a Collins glass, combine the first 4 ingredients. Stir to combine. Add crushed ice. Top with tonic water. Add more crushed ice if needed. Garnish.

Red Pepper-Thyme Syrup: Deseed the peppers, then juice them. Once juiced, fine strain to remove the pulp. Next, add equal parts white sugar. Mix until dissolved. Add 1 oz. of fresh thyme for every cup of syrup. Let the thyme steep for 24 hours, then strain out. Refrigerate the syrup for up to 2 weeks.

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