She is beauty, she is grace, she is… the Most Popular Girl in School! This Aperol-forward cocktail is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. By blending Aperol’s herbal, citrusy flavors with the sweetness of pineapple and a few dashes of bitters, we’ve created something truly divine. And on top of being delicious, the Most Popular Girl In School is beautiful to boot! This drink’s bright and beautiful orange color is made possible by none-other than one of my biggest summertime favorites: Aperol.
Whether you’re a long-standing Aperol fan, or about to give this unique spirit a try for the first time, the orange and herbal flavors of this classic aperitif will have you asking for another round in no time. As a matter of fact, people have been doing just that for over 100 years! Aperol was first introduced in Italy back in 1919 and, since that time, has made its way into countless classic cocktails. Every one of these drinks, from a traditional Aperol Spritz, to today’s Most Popular Girl in School, bring out the best in this delicious Italian aperitif, making its herbaceous flavors the star of the show.
Step 1: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake until chilled.
What are bitters? Bitters are a common ingredient used in many different recipes– but what purpose do they actually serve? Well, bitters is alcohol that’s infused with different botanicals to create a bitter or bittersweet flavor. They are added to cocktails to create a more complex flavor profile– balancing out the taste of your sip.
Step 2: Pour into a martini glass and enjoy!
I chose to garnish with a beautiful orange rose and a flower!
How to make an orange rose:
Don’t just take my word for it, shake up a round of the Most Popular Girl in School Aperol cocktail and let me know if you think she deserves the title! I think you’ll find the mixture feels a bit like a light, bright afternoon stroll in Italy, while the rum and pineapple flavor notes show up to give things a bit of a tropical twist. Plus, if you’re feeling fancy, you can top it off with an orange rose garnish, a finishing touch that never fails to turn heads, no matter what part of the world you’re in.