What Rochester-area bartenders are serving right now - July 28, 2014

Summer Fling

Mixed by Emily Bonsignore, bartender at the Erie Grill (at the Del Monte Lodge), 41 N. Main St., Pittsford.

The inspiration: Aperol (an Italian aperitif) and lemon juice is Bonsignore's favorite pairing. By adding a favorite seasonal fruit like strawberries and a few other ingredients, she created a refreshing warm-weather treat.

2 strawberries

1½ ounces white rum

¾ ounce Aperol aperitif

¾ ounce lemon juice

Splash of simple syrup (You can buy it or boil equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved.)

Muddle two strawberries for a few seconds, to the point where they're still a bit lumpy. Add the remaining ingredients and combine and stir to a consistency similar to a smoothie.

Shake with ice.

Optional: Garnish with more strawberries.

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