Designed to give Final Four (men’s and women’s) fans a choice, this NCAA flex cocktail is based on a citrus-pineapple mix with a bright note from some Aperol, a Campari-like bitter, and a light zing from poblano pepper. Make the mix and then take your pick: gin; tequila; vodka; or light rum, depending on which team you support.
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce orange juice
1 ounce Aperol
1/2-inch strip of poblano pepper, without seeds
1 1/2 ounces of ONE only: gin, tequila, vodka, or light rum
Put all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
Mocktail: Leave out the Aperol and spirits. Just shake the juices and poblano strip with ice and pour for a refreshing non-alcoholic version.
Tasting notes: Tangy, rich and smooth, with a kick from the pepper.
Tomorrow: Brunch time
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