“We often take one base flavor and try to insert as many applications of that flavor as possible,” says Naren Young of his drink-making process. For this riff on the Aperol Spritz, he tripled- and quadrupled-down on the iconic “orange” factor. “I think there are about six or seven applications of orange here: orange soda, Lillet, Grand Marnier, orange citrate, all these orange-y elements. It sounds like a bombshell. But the key is to apply it with a subtle hand.”
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1/2 ounce Aperol
- 1/2 ounce orange-flavored vodka, preferably Grey Goose L’Orange
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, preferably Grand Marnier
- 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 5 dashes orange bitters
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt
- Italian orange soda, to top, preferably San Pellegrino Aranciata
Garnish: orange peel coin, orange wheel
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Add all ingredients except orange soda to the glass and stir to chill and combine.
- Top with orange soda.
- Express oils from orange peel coin over top of the drink, then discard.
- Garnish with an orange wheel.