No doubt you have spent many evenings enjoying an Aperol Spritz al fresco (or at your favorite hotel bar!). I know I have! But have you ever considered Aperol as the star of a martini? My G&A Martini brings together the bright, citrus flavor of Aperol, the herbaceous layers of The Botanist gin and with the wonderful fizz of champagne to make for a refreshingly chic take on the most classic of cocktails. If you are looking for something new to greet your guests with at your next party, you can serve the G&A Martini alongside my Puff Pastry Pinwheels sprinkled with a bit of Gruyère cheese. For a larger crowd, take a page from the European entertaining playbook and present each drink over ice in small bistro glasses! Cheers!
Ingredients (serves 6)
Gin – 6 ounces, Botanist recommended
Aperol – 9 ounces
Triple Sec – 3 ounces, Cointreau recommended
Orange Juice – 3 ounces, freshly squeezed
Champagne – (1) 750ml bottle, chilled
Rosemary – 6 sprigs, for garnish, fresh
Orange Slices – 6, for garnish
In a tall pitcher, stir together the gin, Aperol, triple sec and orange juice. Set aside.
Fill a large cocktail shaker half full with ice. Pour enough of the drink mixture into the shaker to almost fill it. Shake the cocktail for a full 30 seconds and strain into martini glasses.
Top each martini with 4 ounces of chilled champagne. Garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary and fresh orange slice. Serve cold.