If you’re ready for a sugar coma, step right up. Costa Del Sol in its original formulation delivers a sugar punch in need of immediate insulin injection. But this easy build three ingredient cocktail is ready made for reconfiguration. Costa Del Sol 010 - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Original Recipe: 2 measures Gin, 1 measure Apricot Brandy, 1 measure Premium Orange Liqueur, No Garnish

Costa Del Sol – adapted by Cheri Loughlin

2 measures Gin

1/2 measure Apricot Brandy

1/4 measure Premium Orange Liqueur

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange Twist Garnish

Build in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.

This variation still contains sweetness, but softer with underlying bitterness. As the liquid marinates in the glass a tiny bit of fruit lushness begins to shyly sneak through. This is a one-time drink for me, rather than, “bartender, I’ll have another.”

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Costa Del Sol