Sunny Day Real Estate Cocktail

Sunny Day Real Estate Cocktail

The Los Angeles mixologist Alex Day is a fan of the band Sunny Day Real Estate and named this summery drink after them. The cocktail combines the classic aperitifs vermouth and Aperol with a bright raspberry syrup for a balanced (and gorgeously pink-colored) cooler.


  • 2 ounces dry vermouth, preferably Dolin
  • ¾ ounce raspberry syrup (see Note)
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • Soda water
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish


  1. Combine the vermouth, raspberry syrup, Aperol and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, and top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


  • To make raspberry syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely. Transfer syrup to a plastic or glass container, and add 20 raspberries. Use a muddler to lightly crush the berries, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain out the solids before using. The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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