2⁄3 oz Aperol
1⁄3 oz Campari
2⁄3 oz Lime juice
1 Orange peel (expressed)
1 Lime peel (expressed)

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Named for the 4 orange colored or flavored ingredients. Variation: add 2/3 oz orange juice for a Cinco Naranjas.

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Cuatro Naranjas
©2010 Kindred Cocktails
Posted by Dan on 6/06/2010
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Dan Chadwick
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  • Felt like a summer drink — ★★★
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  • Created for the Mexican foodies party at Cindy Oliver's house. — ★★★★★
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Dan commented on 12/13/2010:

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.