Ginger-Aperol Greyhound Cocktail
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Summertime and the living might be easy (or so says Sublime), but when your house feels like an oven, doing anything other than laying in a hammock and drinking a cocktail might seem like a chore. It is times like these that the simplicity of a cocktail can be the biggest draw – less work, more play.
There is a reason why the Greyhound is one of the most popular summer drinks – it’s super refreshing and easy to make, the downside of this being it is a bit too ordinary. And, if you know Mikey and I, we love simple, but ordinary just doesn’t do it for us. So we decided to take this scruffy pup and groom it into a blue ribbon winning pooch.
For us, it always starts with the fresh grapefruit juice – an absolute must for any greyhound. In attempting to improve this cocktail, we upped the ante with one our favorite liqueurs – Aperol. Just a small amount gave the standard greyhound a lovely orange zest and just a hint of sweetness that we felt this classic always lacked. OK, we promised you an easy cocktail, so what we did next we will label as optional. Because we love good-looking cocktails with deep flavors, we caramelized some ginger candies to add a dash of spiciness to the cocktail. And while we had torch out, we took it to a couple of slices of fresh grapefruit. Oh, and what an attention grabber this was – so if you like to WOW your friends or customers, this is the best way to light the fire under their gl-ass.
Gigner-Aperol Greyhound Cocktail
- 2 oz Smooth Vodka (we used Ketel One)
- 0.5 oz Aperol
- 0.25 oz Agave Syrup
- 2 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 2-3 Thyme Sprigs (for garnish)
- 2 Burnt Grapefruit Slices (for garnish)
- 3-4 Caramelized Ginger Candies
Pour the vodka, grapefruit juice, Aperol and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds
Strain over ice in a short glass and garnish with thyme springs
Caramelize ginger Candy
Grapefruit Juice – if you don’t want to squeeze the grapefruits yourself, there are plenty of stores that will juice fresh fruit right in front of you. In Santa Barbara, we get ours at Tri-County produce, and you can try your local whole foods store or farmers market.