There are definitely times when drinking alone makes sense. When life gives you lemons, well...squeeze the citrus in the fridge, pour tequila, add a bit of sweetness, and a hint of Aperol--because Italians inherently know that the combination of bitter orange and cinchona may just be the perfect summer weather mood enhancer. Turn on the country music, sit back, and sip. In no time at all, you will be asking friends to join you--this aromatic, vibrantly colored cocktail has a way of encouraging a gathering. Do not be surprised if guests turn up in cowboy boots ready for a night of dancing.
Note bene: Only the purest tequila, silver tequila made with 100% blue agave and virtually unaged, should be used in this recipe. The aged gold tequila cousin acquires a whiskey taste from the oak barrel it ages in and often has added caramel coloring, glycerin, or sugar. Try Patron Reposado, Avión Silver Tequila, or Tequila Fortaleza Blanco for the true bouquet and flavor of the blue agave plant.
1. In a BAR PITCHER, add the grapefruit and lime juice. Stir in the agave syrup.
2. Use a JIGGER to measure the tequila, Cointreau, and Aperol and pour into the fruit juice. Stir.
3. Place shaved ice in a COCKTAIL GLASS and pour the mixture over it.
4. Garnish with a thin 1/2 slice of grapefruit and serve immediately.
3 cups fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
4 limes, juiced
1 ounce agave syrup
8 ounces silver tequila
4 ounces Cointreau
2 ounces Aperol