Success is mine! As you may recall, I made up a drink recipe called Agent Orange, and it was admittedly a bit too strong. In my original post, I speculated that the alcohole content could be cut by switching bitter red aperitif for a bitter red soda.
Well this weekend, I mixed several batches and can confirm that the drink is now less potent and allows you to drink a few without killing yourself with alcohol poisoning. Even better, Hubby drank this recipe and offered his approval. Hubby dislikes his cocktails to be too sweet, but there’s enough of a bitter red orange taste in this for him to forgive the sweetness.
To make one 14 oz drink you need a few ice cubes, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, tonic, 1 oz of dark rum (I used Pampero Anniversario) and one 10 oz bottle of apertif soda. (Aperol Soda, Campari Soda, AperX Soda, San Bitter, or even a generic will work.)
Add ice and rum to the glass, then add the bitter soda. Squirt in a bit of lemon juice, add a teaspoon of raspberry syrup, and fill the rest of the glass with tonic. This drink is cool and refreshing, and makes a great cocktail before dinner with some cheese and salami or other smoked meats.
I’m relieved that the lighter version worked, because the original recipe WAS tasty. The problem was, by the third sip, I was so drunk that my tongue had gone numb. Then all I could taste was sweet. And I had to bow out before finishing one glass. So…a little too powerful. But this new recipe shouldn’t be quite as intimidating, and it should work for those of you who liked mojitos and my chino and absinthe mixer.
No telling when I’ll come up with a new recipe, but there you go, Agent Orange, now in a more tame and realistic form.