Apparent Sour – A Refreshing and Light Cocktail

The Apparent Sour may seem simple, but don’t underestimate how delicious it is. I first made this cocktail for a client and a coworker during an office happy hour, and it was a hit. Based on the Aperol Sour, Bobby Heugel (Anvil Bar and Refuge, Houston) created this riff. The standard Aperol Sour contains Aperol, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The Apparent Sour simply swaps lemon with lime and simple syrup with St. Germain. What surprises me every time is how much it tastes like grapefruit! Bobby Heugel created this drink in 2010, so it was during the heyday of St. Germain – before its reputation became a bit tarnished and it was labeled “bartender’s ketchup” due to its ability to make just about anything taste good. That said, don’t disregard this cocktail It’s a simple, low-ABV drink that I find great to either start or end a night.


Apparent Sour
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Apparent Sour

Course: Cocktail
Servings: 1
Author: Bobby Heugel


  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • ¾ ounce St. Germain
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • rosemary sprig garnish


  • Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until chilled.
  • Double-strain into chilled glass and garnish with rosemary sprig.

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Additional Resources:
The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level
Anvil Bar and Refuge (Bobby Heugel’s Bar)

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  • Equal parts Aperol, St. Germain, lemon, and gin gives you a Shaddock, one of my household’s favorites. One of the reasons we love it is for the refreshing grapefruit zing that the Aperol and St. Germain offer. (We’ve substituted many things for both those ingredients, and only those two create the grapefruit magic.) Also delicious with muddled pink peppercorn.

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