The Rye Be Bitter seems like a really good idea! A little bit of rye gin, some crowd-pleasing Aperol, and some citrus to round it all out. It ended up being a total deal-breaker between hubby and I… I loved it, he didn’t. I though it was light and fresh and citrusy, he though it was “all rye and all juniper” and nothing else. Go figure.
With all of that being said, this drink does lend itself to being in the bold-ish category. There are a lot of bold flavors at work here! The St. George Rye Gin is complicated. Peppery and spicy and loaded with juniper. It’s definitely something I would reach for if I was chilly. The Aperol, besides being wildly hip and popular, is a bit bitter, fairly loaded with orange flavors, and delightful to gaze up. Together, this drink is wild.
Rye Be Bitter Gin Cocktail
- 2 Oz. Rye gin
- .5 Oz. Aperol
- .5 Oz. Lime juice
- .75 Oz. Simple syrup
- 2 Dashes Orange bitters
- Orange peel to garnish
- Combine all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously with ice.
- Strain and serve with an orange twist.
Simple ways to experiment with the Rye Be Bitter cocktail.
Obviously, turn the volume down on the rye gin and up on the Aperol if you want more of a spritz-y like drink.
Use more lime juice? This is there to really just help the bolder flavors meld, so I’d leave that part alone.
Turn up the volume using different bitters! We used orange bitters to play up the Aperol, you can always go another way. Aromatic bitters, anyone?
Happy experimenting! And hopefully your group can agree on the tastes.