1 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Avèze Gentian Liqueur
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass containing 2 oz soda water. Fill with ice cubes, add a straw, and garnish with an orange twist.
In needing to revamp the Loyal Nine cocktail menu, I looked to turn over one of the senior members of the "low octane" section of the menu. One of the thoughts was to riff on Michael McIlroy's low proof Rome With a View. Given that we have an abundance of Avèze gentian liqueur, I wanted to include that especially after having tried the Vatican City riff of that neo-classic. Another drink that came to mind for a flavor combination was the Square Root in pairing Aperol, gentian, and citrus. Given how well passion fruit works with bitter liqueurs, I considered taking things in a tropical direction especially when considering Mother of Turin and Rome with a Slight View. Finally, the name Italian Stallion came up from thinking about Rome and Italian themes, and a kitchy movie title seemed apropos. Overall, the drink's appearance and balance is a complex orange soda albeit one with herbal and tropical flavors in the mix.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!