pink margarita on the rocks

aperol is the secret ingredient

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!

aperol & tequila

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.

12 comments to “pink margarita on the rocks”

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    Kathryn | Dramatic Pancake   July 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Yum – I’ve never had aperol, but this looks delicious and totally refreshing!

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    Maddie   July 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    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!

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    Gretchen @   July 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    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!

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    Joanne   July 30, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I’m pretty sure this is going to be my drink of choice after my long run today…at 10AM. No judgment.

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    Kimberley   July 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’m so impressed! I never would have thought to pair Aperol with tequila. But look at those results. Hurrah for creativity.

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    kickpleat   July 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    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.

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    Bijoux   July 31, 2011 at 8:36 am

    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!

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    Sues   August 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Mmm perfect drink! I love the invention that your necessity brought forth 🙂

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    kickpleat   August 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    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 🙂

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    Crystal   August 8, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Oh, good idea! Did it add a bit of bitterness to the drink? Sounds like a good balance to the tart and sweet…

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    kickpleat   August 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Crystal, it didn’t add too much bitterness and it was super enjoyable – but who doesn’t love sipping on pink drinks?

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