Sun’s out, fun’s out! Yes, summer is finally here, and it’s got us itching to ditch our desks early for a little afternoon happy hour. The constant heat makes us reach for super-juicy, refreshing watermelon. And we’re drawing the rest of our craft cocktail inspiration from a brand new addition to our bar cart: Leopold Bros. Aperitivo!
Aperitivo, or aperitif, is a classic Italian spirit that’s traditionally enjoyed before a meal, to whet appetites and open palates with bright, bitter, Mouth-watering flavors. This one is made with fragrant, flowering botanicals and sweet cane sugar in Denver, Colorado. The almost blinding, vibrant red color? Believe it or not, it's actually from a naturally occurring food coloring you’ve also been eating in your strawberry yogurt: cochineal, or insect dye. But don’t bug out! It just means this small-batch spirit was made without chemicals or artificial anything.
Time to start using your melon!
Makes 1 cocktail
2 oz Leopold Bros. Aperitivo
2 oz watermelon juice
.5 oz lime juice
OPTIONAL BAR TOOLS
- In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine aperitivo, watermelon juice and lime juice.
- Stir for 20 seconds.
- Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with wedges of lime and watermelon.
Stay cool, folks.