Mr. 404: a drink with bold flavor and color
From Pour Me Another by J.M. Hirsch
The oddly named Mr. 404 cocktail delivers bold flavor and color, both of which can be attributed largely to the Aperol. I’m a sucker for any cocktail that balances bitter and refreshing flavors. It’s a marriage that in many ways makes this cocktail a distant relative of the Aperol Spritz. The Mr. 404, however, packs a bit more punch, a characteristic masked by the floral notes of the elderflower liqueur.
|1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
1/2 ounce Aperol
1/4 ounce lemon juice
|1/8 ounce (3/4 teaspoon) agave or simple syrup
Orange zest twist
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, elderflower liqueur, Aperol, lemon juice and syrup. Shake with ice cubes, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange twist.
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Excerpted from POUR ME ANOTHER by J.M. Hirsch. Copyright © 2022. Available October 2022 from Voracious Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.
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