Ben Lohnes, the bar manager at The Tides Beach Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, claims Aperol as his favorite liqueur to play with, and he finds it pairs especially well with drier less-botanical gins, such as Maine’s Batson River gin. “Aperol is not overly sweet and herbaceous and has a unique flavor profile overall,” he says. This quaffer has been on the menu at The Tides for several years and makes for a great thirst-quencher after a day on the beach.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Club soda, to top
- Garnish: cucumber slice
Add all ingredients except club soda into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.
Top with the club soda and stir gently to combine.
Garnish with a long slice of cucumber, placed along the inside of the glass to form a spiral shape.