Ides of March

An aperitivo for wintertime sipping, when blood oranges are in season
1 12 oz Bourbon, Maker's Mark
1 oz Aperol
34 oz Blood orange syrup (see notes)
14 oz Lemon juice
1 twst Lemon peel (as garnish)
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish
To make blood orange syrup: Mix 2 cups blood orange juice, 6 tablespoons sugar, and 1 tablespoon grated blood orange peel. Stir all ingredients in heavy saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil until syrup is reduced to 1 cup, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate. Use within a few days of making.
This drink was inspired by the Caesar (bourbon and Campari). An earlier version included blood orange juice and grenadine, but the substitution of blood orange syrup provides the necessary sweetness and eliminates the need for grenadine.
From other users
  • My second use of Aperol, better than first use. Might due w/more lemon juice. — ☆☆☆
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When the recipe was

When the recipe was submitted, the program would not accept blood orange syrup as an ingredient. It has now been corrected.