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Tropical Aperol Bourbon Cocktail

on March 24, 2022
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This Aperol Bourbon Cocktail relies on tropical flavors and colors to bring you a super refreshing and fruity drink that tastes like a vacation in a glass.
aperol bourbon cocktail

Ready to relax with a fruity and fun cocktail? Just close your eyes and this Tropical Aperol Bourbon Cocktail will transport you to an island in the sun with your toes in the sand with just one refreshing sip!

Aperol and Bourbon is such a great combo already, but when you add some sweetness from pineapple juice, you’re in for a lush treat! Plus, an extra hit of fresh citrus from lemon juice really brings this cocktail to the next level!

tropical drink in a fun cocktail glass with banana leaves in foreground and background

As an environmental scientist, I always try my best to source my ingredients responsibly and reduce my plastic waste.

For this recipe, I purchased my alcohol in glass bottles instead of plastic, opted for canned pineapple juice, and sourced my lemons organically and locally!

Green tip: Aluminum and glass are 100% recyclable. When possible, opt for cans or glass and avoid plastic containers that will inevitably make their way into our environment and become microplastics.

Aperol Bourbon Cocktail Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Aperol. A popular Italian bitters Aperitif that gets its vibrant color from rhubarb.
  • Bourbon.  Feel free to use your own personal favorite.
  • Lemon Juice. Juice from a fresh lemon goes a long way in this cocktail!
  • Pineapple Juice. I highly recommend opting for 100% pineapple juice!
  • Mint for garnish (optional). For a little extra color and freshness.
aperol, lemon juice, bourbon, mint, and pineapple juice

Aperol Bourbon Cocktail Tips and Tricks

Use Fresh Lemon

Of course, using pre-squeezed lemon juice is always an easy option, and if that’s all you have on hand—go for it!

But if you really want to make the most out of this refreshing cocktail recipe, I highly recommend using a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Each lemon on average contains 3 tablespoons (or 1.5 ounces) of lemon juice, so just 1 lemon should be more than enough for 1 cocktail.

squeezing lemon juice into aperol bourbon cocktail

Serve Cold

I like to add ice to my cocktail before topping it with pineapple juice. This drink is served best ice cold.

Fill your glass up all the way to the top and then pour over your pineapple juice.

adding crushed ice to vibrant red cocktail

Tested Substitutions

I love bourbon in this cocktail because it has a subtle sweetness that is enhanced by the pineapple juice, but you can use any whiskey in this cocktail with great results.

If you don’t have Aperol on hand, you can easily replace it with Campari.

The mint garnish adds a little extra freshness and aroma, but you could use fresh basil or fresh rosemary instead.

tropical bourbon and aperol cocktail with banana leaf shadows

Why You Should Make this Aperol Bourbon Cocktail

  • It’s refreshing. Served ice-cold with tropical flavors and a punch of citrus.
  • It’s vibrant. The Aperol gives it such a gorgeous color!
  • It’s fruity. There’s a strong taste of pineapple which is complimented beautifully by the bourbon, Aperol, and lemon juice.

If you’re loving this Aperol Bourbon Cocktail and want more Aperol cocktails, check out this Aperol Gin Cocktail with Ginger Beer.

Tropical Aperol Bourbon Cocktail

4 from 3 votes
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: CocktailCuisine: American


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This Aperol Bourbon Cocktail relies on tropical flavors and colors to bring you a super refreshing and fruity drink that tastes like a vacation in a glass.


  • 1 ounce Aperol

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • 1 ounce lemon juice (juice of ~1/2 lemon)

  • 4 ounces pineapple juice

  • 1 sprig mint for garnish


  • Add Aperol, Bourbon, and lemon juice to a fun glass and stir (I used these tube-style cocktail glasses!).
  • Add ice to the top of the glass, then pour pineapple juice on top.
  • Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy ice cold.

Pro Tips

  • I highly recommend using fresh lemon juice.
  • My favorite bourbon for this cocktail is Maker’s Mark, but any will work!

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