South Slope

We were looking for something with a summer feel and I wanted to use some more of the Cocchi Americano. So I hit the internet and came up with a whole lot of oldies, but not that many newer, more refreshing-sounding mixes. Then I came across the South Slope, a modern cocktail found in the PDT Cocktail Book and created by Michael Madrusan in 2007. Michael  apparently named the drink after a part of Brooklyn he had been living in when he created it.

Luckily we had all the ingredients at hand and it certainly sounded tasty.


  • 3/4 oz London Gin
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2 oz Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice

Mix, shake with ice and then strain into a cocktail glass. We garnished with a lemon twist.

The verdict: A hit! A palpable hit! It was a lovely mixture of fruit notes, bitters, some citrus and a whole lot of yummy. It got four thumbs up and some definite rumblings about the possibility a second round. But considering the only thing in it that wasn’t alcohol was the lemon juice we wisely decided to wait until next time.

Compared to the Caesar experiment, the glasses were drained pretty darn quickly.


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