Taking a bait of a break from th double Ds tonight,with a drink from Goncalo de Sousa. My partner in crime picked up a bottle of Aperol so I took mister de Sousa’s Paperol for a test drive. The predominant spirit in this drink is Aperol, which has aptly been described as “Campari with training wheels”. It’s a sweet, low proof (11%) digestif with a very forward orange flavor and some of the characteristic bitterness of Campari. Similarly, the Paperol is like a Negroni with training wheels - not nearly as strong or as bitter, but still nuanced. Like the Negroni, this drink is an ideal midday before meal appertif, though it’s lower proof makes it less likely to inspire dinner shenanigans.
1 1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz gin
2 tsp Cointreau
1/2 oz lime
Shake with ice and strain into chilled martinit glass. Garnish with orange twist.