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’55 T-Bird

’55 T-Bird cocktail
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Jason Littrell

The ’55 T-Bird is an original creation from New York bartender Jason Littrell. It’s a refreshing cocktail that mixes vodka with orange juice, orange liqueur and Aperol, so it has strong brunch vibes. Consider it a more refined take on the Screwdriver. Because while that simple blend of vodka and OJ can certainly get the job done, it’s not the most exciting drink.

Vodka and orange juice still play the primary roles here, but the orange liqueur and Aperol provide an extra kick of alcohol and flavor. Aperol is an Italian aperitif dating back to 1919. It’s made from a proprietary formula that includes rhubarb, gentian, cinchona and other ingredients. Notably, it has a bittersweet flavor often associated with orange—and the liquid is a vibrant, dark orange color—so Aperol keeps the theme going. To cap things off: an orange twist.

With all that orange in your glass, no one can blame you for shaking up a ’55 T-Bird with your morning meal. You’ll get a dose of vitamin C that will perk you up, pair nicely with your eggs and keep scurvy at bay. You know, just in case you were worried about scurvy.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/4 ounce Aperol
  • 1/4 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: orange twist

Steps

  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

  2. Shake until well-chilled, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with an orange twist.