Friday, August 29, 2014

Cocktail du jour: Aperol Negroni

Cheers to an amazing summer! We have been out and about as much as possible these past few weeks, enjoying the beach, the lake, and eating way too much ice cream. Maine summers are short (I posted a photo of a red and orange leaf to Facebook on August 7th, yikes!) and we've been very lucky with some absolutely glorious weather. The little C&Gs haven't had any camps so it's been up to Mama C&G to keep everyone busy. Which means no time for blogging but all those past Maine posts have certainly come in handy!

I'm sad to report that there hasn't been a lot of cocktailing going on Chez C&G since we got back from our vacation. I'm training for a fall marathon, and if there's one thing I've learned from past experience (this will be my fourth) it's that drinking and running don't mix. It's too easy to hit the snooze button when the alarm goes off for my early morning run after a glass or two the night before. Of course I can't give it up totally (it is prime rosé season after all) so I've been sticking to just a cocktail or two on Saturday as a reward for completing my long, double-digit runs.    

With all week to think about what to order I'm uncharacteristically decisive when Mr. C&G poses the question around 4:00 on a Saturday. Aperol, and at that point I'd be happy with the orange flavored aperitif in a glass with a straw. Mr. C&G certainly wouldn't stand for that (and honestly it's not very good on its own), instead he's made me an Aperol version of the Negroni he's been drinking all summer long. It's light, tasty, and "Aperol Negroni" makes an excellent mantra when the running gets tough. Cheers!

Aperol Negroni
1 oz Aperol
1 oz vermouth (Cocchi)
1 oz Hendrick's Gin

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice
Stir and serve in a cocktail glass, either straight up or on the rocks

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