Venetian Sunset

This drink is the perfect way to wind down my week-long cocktail party.  After all, I just recently returned from an amazing trip to Venice.  This wasn’t a drink I ever had there, but the name alone made it perfect.  

But don’t be fooled–just because the name has “sunset” in it doesn’t mean this is an easy sipping drink for the front porch.  This bambino is NO JOKE.  It’s strong and it’s good.  So bottoms, up readers.  Here’s to a great week of celebrating, a great giveaway (details below), and many more years of food and fun here on Apple a Day.  Cin cin!

Venetian Sunset

from Williams-Sonoma, Cocktail Parties


ice cubes

3 TBSP gin

1 TBSP dry vermouth

1 TBSP Campari

1 TBSP Grand Marnier

orange twist, for garnish


1.  Chill a cocktail glass and fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice.  Pour all alcohols into shaker, cover with lid, and shake about 20 seconds.  Strain into glass and garnish with orange twist.  Makes one drink.

*And now you last reminder for this week’s giveaway.  Remember, you can enter three times for each post this week.  At stake–a copy of the book I used for this week’s recipes (except Aperol Spritz) and a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card.  You know you could have fun with that!  Here’s how to get your three entries:

1.  Leave a comment on today’s post telling me what drink, cocktail or non-alcoholic, you’ve never had but would love to try.  

2.  Either like Apple a Day’s new
facebook page and come back here to tell me you’ve done so or, if you’ve already liked
the page, leave a comment on the facebook page question of the day and come back here
to tell me you’ve done so.

3.  Tweet the following message (just copy and paste the text in between
the stars): *I entered to win a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card on Apple a
Day!  You can enter here: @appleadayblog*  Once you’ve tweeted, come back to today’s post and tell me you’ve tweeted.

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  1. Brittany Cooks
    May 18, 2012 / 9:03 am

    Very sweet post. I want to go back to Italy so bad! I sadly never made it to Venice =/

  2. BMK
    May 18, 2012 / 12:27 pm

    A dirty martini

  3. Kristen Hadley
    May 18, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    I've never had a white Russian and I would love to try one!

  4. Rebecca
    May 18, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    Sounds pretty, looks pretty, I'm sure it tastes GREAT! I'm adding this to my list of drinks to make soon! Wooohoo!

  5. Paige
    May 18, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    I couldn't think of one at first but then I saw someone mention a white russian! Totally want to try that sometime. Not my usual style but definitely something I want to try.

  6. Anonymous
    May 18, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    Everyone keeps on telling me I would love a Moscow Mule – so that's the next drink on my to try list.

  7. Cake Fixation
    May 18, 2012 / 4:20 pm

    Oh, I gotta make that! Thanks for sharing!

  8. USA Kiwi (Kylee)
    May 18, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    I'd like to try horchata. Given I live in AZ – shouldn't be too hard, but I still haven't given it a go!

  9. USA Kiwi (Kylee)
    May 18, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    I just commented on the FB page.

  10. amy beth marantino
    May 18, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    I've never had a white Russian

  11. amy beth marantino
    May 18, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    i tweeted

  12. That Girl
    May 20, 2012 / 12:16 am

    I'd have to sip this puppy – there's a lot of alcohol in there.

  13. Kaitlyn
    May 22, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    I really want to try wine from Spain…while in Spain haha . I comented on the FB page as well

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