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Aperol in the US


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#1 cdh

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:06 PM

Had the good fortune to visit the Pegu Club the other night and tried their "Intro to Aperol" cocktail, which was delicious. Something like a twist on the Jasmine, but with the oranginess of the Aperol showcased right up front.

Now my question is: who's the importer, and in what states can it be purchased. Any confirmed sightings in NYC liquor stores yet? The only chance of getting Pennsylvania to pick it up would be if I could tell them who the importer is.

Mmmmmm... Aperol, Campari's orange cousin.
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:15 PM

Had the good fortune to visit the Pegu Club the other night and tried their "Intro to Aperol" cocktail, which was delicious.  Something like a twist on the Jasmine, but with the oranginess of the Aperol showcased right up front.

Now my question is: who's the importer, and in what states can it be purchased.  Any confirmed sightings in NYC liquor stores yet?  The only chance of getting Pennsylvania to pick it up would be if I could tell them who the importer is.

Mmmmmm... Aperol, Campari's orange cousin.

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I can't help you with a U.S. source, but here's a picture of a spritz from Venice:

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:48 PM

Skyy Spirits, LLC. is the importer in CA.

I guess that would be Southern Wine & Spirits, elsewhere in the US?

Be curious to know the formulation of the Aperol cocktail they are serving at Pegu.

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edit - ask about Pegu cocktail.

Edited by eje, 30 May 2006 - 04:43 PM.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:42 PM

cdh,

Have you had luck getting PA to add items to their SLO list?
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:59 PM

I've personally never done the negotiation with PA, but have heard from reliable sources that they are willing to help, if the distributors don't have crazy terms.
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 07:24 PM

Given that it's part of Skyy, and given that Skyy is owned by Campari, there's a lot of pull to make sure it's in every state that those two brands are available in.

It's good, but I appreciate the bitter Campari note more...

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 08:24 AM

I'm sure everybody cares that the Pegu Club's Intro to Aperol is my favorite new cocktail. Just delicious.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 09:06 AM

I'm sure everybody cares that the Pegu Club's Intro to Aperol is my favorite new cocktail.  Just delicious.

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Now I'm really curious what's in their cocktail.

One of the liquor stores I frequent knows I am interested in things bitter. I guess he had been trying to get Aperol for years. It has some sort of caché with people who have been to a certain part of Italy? Anyway, based on his enthusiasm, I picked up a bottle a couple months ago when it first became available.

I'll have to give it another try; but, my first few impressions weren't that great. On its own, the orange flavor really reminded me of the chewable children's aspirin of my youth. It didn't have seem to have a fresh, aromatic, orange zest zip.

Anyway, I would be interested in any particularly palatable concoctions with Aperol, since I do have a whole bottle of the stuff.

Off topic a bit, another citrus/gentian based bitter I read about on Gumbopages is called "Suze"*. Has anyone tried that bitter?

~Erik

*I do not recommend doing even a "safe" web image search for "suze", if you are at work. Apparently, there are several adult film stars, who use this particular nom de film.

edit - add comment.

Edited by eje, 31 May 2006 - 09:20 AM.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 05:49 PM

Off topic a bit, another citrus/gentian based bitter I read about on Gumbopages is called "Suze"*.  Has anyone tried that bitter?

Suze is very interesting, albeit an acquired taste. To me there is a definite mold or old socks component to the aftertaste, but others don't agree. I have had several cocktails made with Suze at Pegu Club -- the one that sticks in my mind was called a "White Negroni."

*I do not recommend doing even a "safe" web image search for "suze", if you are at work.  Apparently, there are several adult film stars, who use this particular nom de film.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 06:00 PM

Off topic a bit, another citrus/gentian based bitter I read about on Gumbopages is called "Suze"*.  Has anyone tried that bitter?

Suze is very interesting, albeit an acquired taste. To me there is a definite mold or old socks component to the aftertaste, but others don't agree. I have had several cocktails made with Suze at Pegu Club -- the one that sticks in my mind was called a "White Negroni."

*I do not recommend doing even a "safe" web image search for "suze", if you are at work.  Apparently, there are several adult film stars, who use this particular nom de film.

Hee hee hee!

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I recently acquired a bottle of Gloss de Suze which is a cherry liqueur from France. not sure if it is related to Suze. pretty nice. Alchemist mixed it up for me with some Johnnie Walker Gold and Peychaud's. sublime...

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 07:13 PM

This Aperol cocktail wasn't bad. Orangetastic? Orange-R-ific? Probably be quite nice on a hot day. Sort of an orange crush for adults type thing.

2 oz Gin
Juice 1/2 orange
Aperol
Long curly zest of 1/2 orange
soda water

String your circular curly orange zest like you are making a crusta, and fill your glass with crushed ice. Fill half with Aperol. Add gin and Orange Juice to an iced cocktail shaker, and shake to chill. Strain into glass. Top with soda.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 08:56 AM

Sort of an orange crush for adults type thing.
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This was enjoyable enough last night it seemed worthwhile to come up with a name. I was thinking of a play on orange smash/crush. How about "Smitten Orange"? Given all the orange torture involved, it seems pretty apropos.
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:36 PM

I love Suze and always bring a bottle back, but this month a hotel here in Boston is having an intro to Aperol at a hotel.
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Posted 08 June 2006 - 10:20 AM

I saw aperol at the Astor Wine and Spirits shop. 399 Lafayett at 4th st. (212) 674-7500. They also had velvet falernum. I think the aperol was about $22, but I'm not sure.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 06:27 AM

Got a bottle at Astor over the weekend. Can't wait to play with it. Came in just short of $20.

Edited by cdh, 12 June 2006 - 06:39 AM.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 08:11 PM

I stumbled across a bottle of Aperol today in a liquor store in North Cape May, NJ and simply had to buy it. I have no idea what I'll do with it yet, but will report back any inspirations in the Drinks or New Cocktail Creations threads.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 07:21 AM

In Massachusetts it is availiable, I think from United, owned by southern wine and spirits. Someone told me in the North End that Aperol was unavailiable here for about 12 years then recently came back. Several bars in Boston feature it on the cocktail list now, so it should stick around this time.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 02:22 PM

Pearson's has it in Washington DC. I haven't seen it anywhere else in town, but haven't really been looking.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 06:51 PM

I just tried this for the first time last night at Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's new restaurant, Osteria Mozza, and loved it so much that I went and picked up a bottle this afternoon. I had it in a spritzer with Aperol, Plymouth gin, lemon juice, a dash of simple syrup, and topped with club soda. I must recreate this drink at home, and my mind is racing with all sorts of other possibilities.Posted Image
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:44 AM

I'm reminded of the old WC Fields line that the cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart.

Since there's a BevMo about a mile from the office and I've seen the Aperol there enough times to know that they have about seven bottles in stock, lunch once more is going to run about $22/750ml.

Yeah, they know me there.


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Aperol's website also lists recipes...
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#21 Nathan

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:25 AM

Does anyone have the recipe for "Intro to Aperol"? A friend of mine loves the cocktail and my reverse engineering has so far been "close but no cigar"....

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:34 AM

Does anyone have the recipe for "Intro to Aperol"?  A friend of mine loves the cocktail and my reverse engineering has so far been "close but no cigar"....

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2 oz. Aperol

1 oz. Beefeater Gin

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Dash of Angostura Bitters

- dictated by the bartender at Pegu Club, and safely crammed in my wallet until now, and its my favorite drink for now also, but that may change after I hit Tailor this weekend .
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:39 AM

There's a scant 1/4 ounce of 1:1 simple in there as well, I think.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 05:11 PM

I think Sam's right -- and I think that's a fine cocktail.
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#25 Nathan

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:24 PM

awesome! thanks much folks!

I'd bet on a little simple....my attempts at reverse engineering all came out a little bitter or tart compared to the original.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:04 AM

reviving this thread, because I just had two great cocktails with aperol, and now I've got a bottle of the stuff.
as soon as I have clearance to share them, I'll put them up, but I want to check with their sources before I do.

any new favorites?

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:56 PM

reviving this thread, because I just had two great cocktails with aperol, and now I've got a bottle of the stuff.
as soon as I have clearance to share them, I'll put them up, but I want to check with their sources before I do.

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I just got a bottle myself, so i look forward to your recipes..

Usually i drink this (and Campari) with soda, orange/lemon or lime and ice and sometimes JW&N overproof rum.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 06:22 PM

This AAA Cocktail (a loser in the Averna competition):

1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Marie Brizard Apry
1 1/2 oz Plymouth gin
orange twist
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 05:55 PM

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2 oz. Aperol
1 oz. Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters

  - dictated by the bartender at Pegu Club[.]

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I just made this in those proportions with Tanqueray for the gin and Fernet Branca for the bitters, which turns this summery citrus drink into something more herbacious, springlike.
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 04:16 PM

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2 oz. Aperol
1 oz. Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters

  - dictated by the bartender at Pegu Club[.]

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I just made this in those proportions with Tanqueray for the gin and Fernet Branca for the bitters, which turns this summery citrus drink into something more herbacious, springlike.

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Just made one with Plymouth gin and Angostura bitters. A touch sweet (even without the syrup mentioned in another post) but very tasty for a hot summer day.