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I had gin. I had Aperol. I wanted to combine them. A quick search found this recipe on Epicurious. There it is called Gin and Aperol for the Win. I’m calling it Lively instead because I am leaving out the curry leaf and salt the Epicurious recipe calls for. And I find this drink to just that: lively and bright.

I may try the curry leaf one day, but I’m very happy with this combination as presented here.

Gin and Aperol Lively

Yield: 1 cocktail or more in these proportions.


  • 3 parts gin
  • 1 ½ parts lime juice [or lemon for a sweeter version]
  • 1 part Aperol [that’s the red color]
  • ½ part simple syrup


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the ingredients. Shake well, then pour into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish as your desire.

Source: Epicurious

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