The Perfect Weekend Cocktail

After a day spent blowing away the cobwebs (and admiring some beautiful ones) myself and Joe are settling down to a well deserved night in, usually that means watching a film and working our way through the best part of a bottle of wine (or all of it...), but while we were wandering through the fells we decided to experiment with cocktails and treat ourselves to a slab of steak.

Joe is suffering from a cold so he's plumped for a gin version of a hot toddy tonight, but I've decided to recreate a cocktail I had in Hawksmoor last month, a delicious blend of Aperol (my holiday fave), vermouth, elderflower cordial (my all time fave) and white wine. It's a year round twist on the classic Aperol Spritz and is perfect for autumn. It's also the ideal shade for Halloween cocktails, just replace the orange peel with a creepy sweet!

Because it's so dreamy, I thought I'd share the recipe with you, because if I can make, you definitely can!


  • A shot of Vermouth
  • A teaspoon of Picon Bier (or orange bitters)
  • A glug of Elderflower Cordial
  • A splash of Sauvignon Blanc
  • A top up of Aperol
  • A Lemon (for garnish) 
  • Ice cubes


  1. Combine the Vermouth, Picon Bier or bitters and elderflower cordial in a glass. Preferably choose one that you'd expect Don Draper to drink from, it's all about the cut glass.
  2. Add a splash of Sauvignon Blanc and top up with Aperol, think 1 part wine and 2 parts Aperol.
  3. Add a slice of lemon peel (or Halloween treats if you feel so inclined) and serve over ice. 
  4. Enjoy!
Time for me to crack out my cocktail shaker and start shaking up one of my own!


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