How to make Patois bartender Blaise Couturier’s twist on an Aperol Spritz

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Five O’Clock Somewhere

A gin twist on a classic Aperol Spritz, made with pantry supplies

To get through the pandemic, Patois bartender Blaise Couturier spent a lot of time cooking. “A lot of cooking,” he says. “Everything from Hokkaido milk bread rolls for burgers to almond meringues and an incredible fermented fennel and scotch bonnet hot sauce.” And his savoury recipes are even better when there’s something strong to sip on.” We’re all kind of losing our sense of time, so we need cocktails that can work at any time of the day,” he says. “It’s always five o’clock somewhere, right?”

For this drink, Couturier wanted to use readily available ingredients, including some things you wouldn’t necessarily think of including—like yogurt water! He combined the yogurt water (otherwise known as whey) with dry gin, Aperol, Prosecco and marmalade for a bright and complex drink. “It’s guaranteed to get your day off to a good start,” he says.

What’s in it

1 oz London Dry Gin (Steinhart Dry preferred)
1/2 oz oz Aperol
1 1/2 tsp orange marmalade (If you don’t have orange marmalade, any light stone fruit jelly or jam, like apricot or peach, can work.)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz Greek yogurt whey (The water that settles on top of the yogurt is whey. If you need more, you can place yogurt in a strainer on top of cheesecloth or a fine cotton sheet and wait for it to drain.)
2 oz Prosecco
3 mL absinthe or arak (optional)
Glass: Copa de balon or Burgundy wine glass
Garnish: Orange peel

How to make it

1. Chill your glass in the fridge prior to mixing.

2. If you’re using absinthe or arak, pour it into your glass and swirl it around until the inside of the glass is covered. This is called a rinse.

No absinthe or arak on hand? It’s not necessary, just a nice touch

3. Fill the glass halfway with ice.

4. Combine the gin, Aperol, marmalade, lemon juice and Greek yogurt whey into a cocktail shaker, then fill it up with ice cubes.

This cocktail is Couturier’s… jam

5. Shake hard for 20 seconds…

Note the blur. That’s some hard shaking

6. … then fine strain the cocktail into your glass.

You’re almost done. Hope you’re thirsty

7. Top with Prosecco.

The (almost) final touch: some bubbles

8. Express an orange peel over the glass, then slide the peel down the side of the glass as garnish.

The finished drink

9. Enjoy!

Couturier with his creation