aperol cocktail

Here’s a simple Valentine’s Day Cocktail: The “Two-One-Two”: two parts tequila to one part Aperol to two parts fresh grapefruit juice.

A friend who dislikes Campari recently told me that he finally found the Negroni of his dreams by using Aperol in place of Campari. I happen to love Campari, but decided to try the Aperol anyway with this recipe on Serious Eats. It’s refreshing, potent, and the color couldn’t be prettier — it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail.

You can use gin or vodka in place of the tequila, and if you have Campari, you can use it in place of the Aperol, too.

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Aperol-grapefruit cocktail.

Aperol and Grapefruit Cocktail

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Adapted from this Serious Eats recipe. 


  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) gin (or reposado tequila or vodka)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Aperol or Campari
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ice


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American