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.