1 oz Aperol
3⁄4 oz Aveze (Suze or Salers or similar gentian liqueur will work)
3⁄4 oz Lime juice
1⁄2 oz Passion fruit syrup
2 oz Soda water (In glass, not in shake)
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

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.


Overall, the drink's appearance and balance is a complex orange soda albeit one with herbal and tropical flavors in the mix.


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 Av├Ęze 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.

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Picture of Italian Stallion
FRY 2016
Posted by yarm on 4/11/2020
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Loyal Nine, Cambridge, MA
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