Italian Stallion

My riff on Rome with a View and the Vatican City as delightfully herbal-bitter low proof tall drinks.
1 oz Aperol
34 oz Aveze (Suze or Salers or similar gentian liqueur will work)
34 oz Lime juice
12 oz Passion fruit syrup
2 oz Soda water (In glass, not in shake)
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)
Instructions
Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass containing 2 oz soda water. Fill with ice cubes, add a straw, and garnish with an orange twist.
Notes
Overall, the drink's appearance and balance is a complex orange soda albeit one with herbal and tropical flavors in the mix.
History
When I was plotting turning over the cocktail menu for Winter/Spring 2016 at Loyal Nine, I needed some new low proof drinks. For inspiration, I started to riff on Michael McIlroy's Rome With a View. Given that we had an abundance of Avèze gentian liqueur, I wanted to include that (instead of Rome With a View's Campari) especially after having tried the Vatican City riff of that neo-classic. Another drink that came to mind for a flavor combination was the Square Root in pairing Aperol, gentian, and citrus. Given how well passion fruit works with bitter liqueurs, I considered taking things in a tropical direction. Finally, the name Italian Stallion came up from thinking about Rome and Italian themes, and a kitchy movie title seemed apropos. In 2020, this drink was placed on the menu at the Paper Plane in San Jose, California, as part of their guest drink section.
FRY 2016
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