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Aperol Sour Cocktail Recipe – A Perfect Winter Cocktail

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Aperol sour is a surprisingly good cocktail that will broaden your horizons; once you taste this, you’ll notice that any spirit can be used for a sour, and Aperol is perhaps one of the best. 

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What is Aperol Sour ?

Aperol sour is a twist on the classic anything-sour, with a spirit base and egg white for foam. It seems this version stems from a gin sour, since it has a very small amount of gin, aside from Aperol. 

Overall this is an interesting cocktail, by combination alone if not by flavor. Here’s how to make one.

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Aperol Sour Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
An interesting take on the gin sour, with mostly Aperol and a very pleasant orange note.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz Aperol
  • 0.5 oz gin
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz egg white or half an egg white


  • In a shaker combine Aperol, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white. Dry shake for a few seconds (without ice).
  • Open the shaker carefully, add in some ice. Shake until cooled.
  • Strain into chilled coupe glass.


The dry shake makes extra-thick egg foam, but you can skip it if you like. You'll still get foam if you shake with ice directly, it'll just be a bit diluted/not as dense.

When is this drink best ?

Aperol sour is a great winter cocktail, due to the strong citrus notes in the Aperol (orange) and the lemon juice. 

Since it’s a sour, it has that silky egg finish and this makes it an elegant cocktail that’s meant to be savored and enjoyed sip by sip. I could see this as a fancy dinner cocktail, or perhaps even part of a winter themed party. 

My thoughts on Aperol Sour

I liked Aperol sour, perhaps the most out of all the versions of a sour I ever tried. I’m a big fan of Aperol, so pairing it with lemon juice made it stand out more, and the egg foam was actually a lot of fun. 

I think the gin is easily lost in this; Aperol has a strong flavor and if you want to feel the gin more, you need more gin than Aperol. 

Overall I’d say this is a beautiful mix of sweet and sour citrus, with a pleasant and delicate foam head and silky body. Definitely a good excuse to finally get that Aperol bottle. 

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If you like Aperol Sour, you might also like…

Lucien Gaudin – Aperol, gin, triple sec, dry vermouth come together to make a very strong cocktail

Aperol Spritz – a bubbly mix of Aperol, club soda, and sparkling wine

Gin Sour Classic – the classic version of a gin sour

Vodka Sour – a gin sour with vodka instead

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The egg white in this is meant to make a lot of foam, and to make the entire body of this drink silky smooth. But, you can swap the egg white for aquafaba, the water in chickpea cans. Aquafaba has enough protein that it will foam up just like egg white, and you can safely use it in your drink. 

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