101 Best New Cocktails: Grace Note by Seth Bregman , Bardo Cocktails, Oakland, CA.
Adapted from a recipe by Seth Bregman , Bardo Cocktails, Oakland, CA.
“This concoction was created on a warm summer afternoon while trying to figure out interesting things to do with grapefruit. The Aperol and Velvet Falernum work surprisingly well together. The fresh grapefruit binds the ingredients into a pleasantly balanced cocktail, with the peach bitters adding a note of sweetness and complexity to the finish,” Seth Bregman.
45 ml (1.5 oz) Stolichnaya, Hangar One, or Vox Vodka
15 ml (.5 oz) fresh pink grapefruit juice
7.5 ml (.25 oz) Aperol
7.5 ml (.25 oz) Velvet Falernum
2 dashes Fee Bros. Peach Bitters
1 grapefruit twist, as garnish (optional)
Shake over ice and fine-strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Add the garnish (optional).
gaz sez: Seth more or less sums up this drink in his comment above. Let me just add that this is the sot of drink that helps us understand just how valuable vodka can be as a base. I tried this recipe with gin, tequila, and white rum. The tequila version was interesting, but the vodka version won the bout hands-down. And you know damned well that I’m not a vodka man!