Cuatro Naranjas

1 oz Añejo tequila
23 oz Aperol
13 oz Campari
13 oz Orange liqueur, Clément Créole Shrubb
23 oz Lime juice
1 ds Orange bitters, Angostura orange
1   Orange peel (expressed)
1   Lime peel (expressed)
Shake, strain, rocks, lowball, express peels.
Named for the 4 orange colored or flavored ingredients. Variation: add 2/3 oz orange juice for a Cinco Naranjas.
Cuatro Naranjas
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  • Created for the Mexican foodies party at Cindy Oliver's house. — ☆☆☆☆☆
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  • Felt like a summer drink — ☆☆☆
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MxMo LIII: Like that? You'll love this!

Mixology Monday LIII, hosted by Chris Amirault on eGullet, poses a bit of a tough challenge: devise a craft cocktail that would appeal to someone without much exposure to craft cocktails.

I was asked to bring a cocktail to a Mexican-themed dinner party, one where I knew that some of the folks were, uh, not as adventurous as I. While I love a well-made Margarita, I played with the orange flavors to make something both innovative and delicious. The Cuatro Naranjas has strong, complex orange flavors from the Creole Shrubb, Aperol, and Angostura Orange bitters. The Campari deepens the flavors, adds a touch of bitterness, and when combined with Aperol create a grapefruit-like undertone. Looking at the ingredients, you might think that it is hopelessly challenging. No so. The lime balances the bitter.

Even the most "amariphobic" loved it.