I’m a big believer in necessity being the mother of invention. Earlier this week after a rousing game of tennis at our local park, I came home thirsty and water could only quench so much. What I really wanted was a margarita but I didn’t have any triple sec. For those not in the know, triple sec is a clear sweet orange liqueur commonly used in margaritas. So when I pulled out a bottle of Aperol, a bright orange bitter sweet liqueur, I knew I was onto something.
The resulting drink wasn’t the green-hued margarita that I’m used to. The Aperol had stained this drink a lovely hue of pinkish orange and it looked cheerfully celebratory! Hurrah for summer! A toast to a sweaty and silly game of running around with racquets and lime green balls! And because this is the start of a long weekend in Canada, I’m especially cheering to a glorious long weekend ahead!
I do like my drinks tart so I used only 1 ounce of agave syrup. If you like your drinks a bit sweeter, add in two ounces.
pink margarita on the rocks
4 oz good tequila
1 1/2 oz aperol
3 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 oz agave syrup (depending how tart you like your drinks)
4 large ice cubes + additional crushed ice for your glass
coarse salt for glasses rims
Combine all the ingredients except the salt and additional ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake it like you mean it – a good minute is fine.
Use the hulls of the limes to wet 2 glasses and then dip the edge of the glass in a plate of coarse salt.
Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour drink evenly into 2 glasses. Feel good instantly.
Yum – I’ve never had aperol, but this looks delicious and totally refreshing!
This is the perfect Friday post. I’m looking at my watch and thinking it’s maybe not too late to run out and buy some drink ingredients…
Happy weekend to you!
Necessity is the mother of invention–I was trying to make ice cream sandwiches, and when everything failed, I ended up crumbling the cookies into a chocolate-crumb crust for banana cream pie. Here’s hoping the pie is as good as your drink looks!
I’m pretty sure this is going to be my drink of choice after my long run today…at 10AM. No judgment.
I’m so impressed! I never would have thought to pair Aperol with tequila. But look at those results. Hurrah for creativity.
Kathryn, aperol is a worthy investment to any bar. It’s actually really affordable and a lot of good drinks as a result!
Maddie, I’ll join you! Happy weekend 🙂
Gretchen sounds like you found a winner!
No judgement here, Joanne.
Kimberley, it really works out nicely! Hurrah indeed.
I never quite got the gist of what the expression “necessity is the mother of invention” meant…I think I now have a better understanding – haha! The Margarita is my favourite boozy mixed drink. Your version sounds yummy! That tequila bottle looks so regal!
Mmm perfect drink! I love the invention that your necessity brought forth 🙂
Bijoux, the margarita is one of my favorite cocktails too – which is why drinking it in this pretty pink shade is even more appealing!
Thanks Sues 🙂
Oh, good idea! Did it add a bit of bitterness to the drink? Sounds like a good balance to the tart and sweet…
Crystal, it didn’t add too much bitterness and it was super enjoyable – but who doesn’t love sipping on pink drinks?