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Meet Your Next Signature Cocktail: The Water Cooler!

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!

WATER COOLER

Makes 1 cocktail

2 oz Leopold Bros. Aperitivo
2 oz watermelon juice
2 oz Square One Organic Basil Vodka
.5 oz lime juice

OPTIONAL BAR TOOLS

Andrew Iannazzi Mixing Glass
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Bar Spoon
Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Hawthorne Strainer

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine aperitivo, watermelon juice and lime juice.
  2. Stir for 20 seconds.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with wedges of lime and watermelon.

Stay cool, folks.

Every few months, we release a new signature cocktail recipe to lift your spirits! Check out the rest of our seasonal cocktail recipes here.

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