Yes, the name is a joke, and no it is not a diet cocktail.
I've been admiring Barbaras Aperol Tequila Swizzle all weekend. A very pretty and tasty sounding drink. My only problem is that I really don't like Aperol.
But the image stayed with me, as I was challenge by a middle manager at work to make him a cocktail with the name Skinny Middle Manager.
So here is how a figured a drink in honor of all those middle managers who put up with someone like me day in and day out should be mixed.
Coffee - can't have management without caffeine, but I couldn't imagine mixing Kaluha and Aperol, so I went with an espresso syrup made from 2 oz espresso cooked with 2 oz sugar.
Aperol - moderne, talked about, very bleeding edge and it tasts really bad too.
Next i wondered what kind of base spirit to use - something macho like bourbon, or something more androgynous. I went with white rum.
Next something healthy - middle managers have to take care of their bodies or they won't become senior managers - I decided on coconut water. And finally it seemed obvious to make the cocktail as a highball with seltzers - as highball is sort of cocktail code for long winded.
- 6 cl white rum - I used Plantation 3 Star which may explain why I never get a pay raise
- 3 cl Aperol
- 3 cl coconut water
- 2 cl coffee syrup
Shake the first four ingredients with ice and then strain the cocktail into a highball glass with plenty of ice - top it of with seltzers and add your most bling cocktail stirrer to impress the boss.
And strangely enough it does not tast half bad - pretty good actually. The coffee taste works wonders on the Aperol.