Oranges Etc.

Naren Young, Dante | New York

“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.”


Serving: 1

  • 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

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients except orange soda to the glass and stir to chill and combine.
  3. Top with orange soda.
  4. Express oils from orange peel coin over top of the drink, then discard.
  5. Garnish with an orange wheel.