While I’ve been enjoying some blue sky days that come with Spring, the weather is still unpredictable with winds, storms and rain due to his this week. I’m not quite ready for summery cocktails and it’s not cool enough for heavier cocktails that I enjoy while snuggled on the sofa .
The Archangel cocktail is a perfect bridge between the two seasons, with Aperol for a bitter kick, and cucumber for refreshment. It features in my adored PDT cocktail book and was created by Michael McIlroy and Richard Boccato at the iconic Milk & Honey, NYC in 2006 and is a play on the traditional Pink Gin.
Why is it called an Archangel? They came up with the name after a big discussion about the Argentinian footballer Gabriel Batitusta.
Ingredients for an Archangel
2.5 thick slices of cucumber
65ml gin (I used Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength as it has cucumber essence added)
Muddle the Aperol and the cucumber together in a mixing glass. Add gin and ice, then stir. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon. Enjoy!