Aperol Noir

Friday, October 12, 2012


Le Bernardin is more than simply sublime seafood; they also have a divine cocktail menu, and this combination of orange apertif and peppery Pinot is perfect for this transition from summer to fall!
 Aperol Noir 
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Pinot noir black pepper agave syrup
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Champagne
Pinot Noir
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake for 10-15 seconds. Pour 3 oz Champagne in an ice-filled highball and strain drink over champagne. Float 1/2 oz pinot noir on top and garnish with an orange twist.
Notes: All in all this recipe is a bit fussier than I'd normally feature (or make at home)–but it's fabulous for evenings when you can't decide between a glass of wine, bubbles or a cocktail. While I don't have Le Bernardin's exact proportions for Pinot noir pepper syrup, John and I did a little experimenting and here's what we discovered: a 1/4 cup of Pinot and 1/4 cup amber agave syrup cooked until the syrup takes on the agave's original consistency will produce a balanced, perfectly sweet syrup–we added an imprecise handful of peppercorns for a bit of kick.
  Cheers! 

14 comments:

  1. I have to admit, I am missing cocktails right about now!

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  2. Looks and sounds delish! Having a couple of girlfriends over this weekend, I might have to give this a go!
    Cheers!

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  3. any recipe that includes champagne is my kind of recipe! thanks for sharing. Happy Friday!

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  4. this might be too advanced for my skills but it does sound yummy

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  5. Oh my goodness that looks delicious.

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  6. Say what?! Pinot noir syrup? Sounds like my heaven.

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  8. Now this is an interesting recipe - love the looks of it!

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  9. This looks so deliciously refreshing and I'd like one right now!

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  10. Anything with champagne is fabulous!!

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  11. your Blog is fabulous~!
    So beautiful, pure and fresh....

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