Aperol, an Italian aperitif that is somewhat similar to Campari but less intensely bitter, gives this summery cocktail its sunny orange hue. For an especially pretty presentation, garnish the drink with a melon ball.
1 1/2-inch (4-cm) cube fresh melon, such as cantaloupe or honeydew
1 1/2 oz. (45 ml) blanco tequila
3/4 oz. (20 ml) Aperol
1/2 oz. (15 ml) dry vermouth
1/2 oz. (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the melon until it releases some of its juice. Fill the shaker with ice and add the tequila, Aperol, vermouth and lemon juice. Shake vigorously, strain into a coupe or martini glass and serve immediately. Makes 1 drink.
Greg Lindgren and Jon Gasparini, Rye on the Road, San Francisco, CA