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.