If you haven't heard of Masa Urushido by now, you should. He's running the bar program at Saxon + Parole, The Daily, and Public, in addition to winning global cocktail competitions! In my opinion, he's one of the insanely talented young guns of the cocktail world creating delicious cocktails that are sophisticated, seasonal, and yet approachable for even the most novice imbiber.
|S+P Monthly Cocktail Cabinet|
Whenever I'm seated across the bar from him, I know I will be surprised with whatever comes my way, and yesterday was no different. I was lured into Saxon + Parole by a tempting post on instagram to try the new Cocktail Cabinet creation - the Watermelon Aperol Spritz. I was not disappointed - this cocktail was well worth the journey from Brooklyn, and was savory, sweet, and refreshing.
I loved the combination of the different flavors - the sweetness of the watermelon, the bittersweet flavor from the Aperol, and vinegary, vegetal flavors of basil shrub and the cucumber. Lovely for the end of summer!
Lucky for you, I have the recipe!
Watermelon Aperol Spritz
Created by Masa Urushido
1 ½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Bulldog Gin
1 oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice
¼ oz. House Made Basil Shrub
Add all ingredients in a wine glass and give it a gentle stir