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Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail

by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau (Ten Speed Press, 2016)

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Ingredients (5)

  • 1½ ounces Campari
  • ¾ ounce Dolin Rouge vermouth
  • ¾ ounce Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 4 ounces Pilsner
  • 1 orange slice, in a wheel shape for garnish
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At Grand Army Bar in Brooklyn, New York, Damon Boelte’s clever twist on the Americano turns the traditional aperitivo into a Franco-Italian shandy. Where the standard Americano pairs equal parts bitter Campari with sweet vermouth, the Perfecto splits the sweet in half with two different vermouths — brutish Carpano and the fruitier French Dolin Rouge — to create a more nuanced sweetness. The traditional topper of soda water is then replaced with pilsner beer for a refreshing, malty, bittersweet beer cocktail.


  1. 1Pour the Campari and vermouths into a Collins glass over ice.
  2. 2Slowly top with the pilsner and add the garnish.
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