Come summer, the Americano—sweet vermouth, Campari, and soda water—is one of our go-to day drinks. It’s a little sweet, a little bitter, and a lot refreshing. Read: the ideal hydrating cocktail to serve at brunch, sundown, or you know, whenever.
Last year around this time, we were toying around with some extra passion fruit syrup we happened to have in the fridge and came up with this twist on the Americano. The sweet-tart character of the passion fruit syrup turns out to be the perfect addition for some warm weather tropical vibes. This year, we plan to make up a batch for a Mother’s Day toast.
What makes it especially great heading into the no-fuss summer season: it’s super easy. There’s no shaking or straining—just combine all the ingredients in a highball glass, add ice, and you’re ready to go.
Passion Fruit Spritzer
1 ounce Passion Fruit Syrup (recipe below)
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce sweet vermouth, such as Carpano Antica
3 ounces sparkling water
Lime wheel (optional)
Add the first three ingredients to a highball glass. Add ice cubes, then top with the sparkling water. Add a stir stick and garnish with a lime wheel.
Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 cup water
½ cup sugar
1/4 cup passion fruit pulp (from 4 ripe passion fruit, strained, or previously frozen pulp)
In a small saucepot, heat the water and sugar over high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add the passion fruit pulp and stir to combine. Cool before using in cocktails. Makes just over 1/2 cup, enough for 4 cocktails.