By Kat Odell
We’re hanging on to summer for as long as we can—so while it’s still hot out, we’re chilling with blended cocktails. But so many of our favorite drinks are loaded with sugar, which can really ruin the party. So we tapped four top bartenders and got them to share some of their favorite concoctions minus the excess sweet stuff, so you can sip and enjoy without the sugar crash.
1 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
3 ounces dry sparkling wine
2 ounces Aperol
12 ounces ice
1 half orange slice, for garnish
Place all ingredients (except orange slice) in blender, pulse, then blend. Pour mixture into a glass and garnish with orange.
At Chicago Mediterranean restaurant and lounge Beatnik, bar director Benjamin Wood gives the classic Aperol Spritz a summer update.