With a hue like a sunset captured in a glass, this aperitif is all but destined for sipping while day fades into night. Adding to its cocktail-hour allure, it's only a hair more complicated to make than a gin and tonic. After adding a splash each of zippy limoncello and bittersweet Luxardo Aperitivo to the classic combination, swirl it all together with a swizzle stick (or a spoon) and plop in a grapefruit twist — that's it! The result: a drink that's only complex in taste. Keep reading for the intoxicating recipe.
Look behind nearly any bar worth its salt and you'll find a jar of Luxardo Maraschino Cherries and a bottle of the brand's Maraschino liqueur (a crucial component of the Hemingway Daiquiri). It's perhaps less likely — though we hope this changes soon — to spot a bottle of the company's new, practically glowing bitter orange aperitif, Luxardo Aperitivo. Smooth, bittersweet, and mildly alcoholic at only 22 proof, it's a natural pairing with citrus juice, peels, and other tart-leaning liqueurs and spirits like limoncello.
We can't wait to experiment with this Aperol-like aperitif in a variety of cocktails, from classics like an Aperol Spritz (sub Aperitivo one-for-one for Aperol) to concoctions of our own creation. Or, for the purest Aperitivo experience, cut with club soda for an easy-sipping, vibrantly hued spritzer of sorts.
Have you tried Luxardo Aperitivo yet?
Can you believe it's already February?! It's a short month that's jam packed with activities and celebrations: the Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, the Winter Olympics, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival — we're overwhelmed just thinking of all the cooking, eating, and partying that's to come! Luckily there are a few treats that will help us get through the next 28 days. Here are the items we can't live without.