Descanso Beach Smash
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About this Cocktail

My wife prefers sweeter drinks and generally whiskey is not her thing. Even though this is not real sweet, this is still one of her summer favorites. I found it on Food & Wine magazine with this explanation: While vacationing in 2008 with his wife's family on a boat near Catalina Island, California, John Coltharp was dismayed to see that all the beach bars focused on sweet drinks like piña coladas. Back on his father-in-law's boat, he came up with this pleasantly bitter and refreshing concoction—with Aperol from the well-stocked bar.

  • 1/4 Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 5 mint leaves and a sprig for garnish
  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey (I like George Dickel with this)
  • 3 small orange wedges for garnish
  • 4 Lemon Wedges

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges and mint leaves. Add ice and the whiskey, Aperol and Simple Syrup and shake well. Pour through a fine strainer into a double rocks glass or wineglass filled with ice cubes or crushed ice. Garnish with the mint sprig and skewered orange wedges.

  • Christian Suzuki
    I used to run a canoeing program at Emerald Bay of Catalina Island. Descanso Beach is where I beached the canoes. Memories....<3

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