Zafferano Italian Sunset Sour

Italian Sunset Sour

Make special moments even more magical with an Italian-inspired creation that’s as delightful to sip as it is to admire — the Italian Sunset Sour! Featuring Italian gin, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, and basil.

I partnered with Zafferano to mix up the Italian Sunset Sour recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

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Italian Sunset Sour

What better way to commemorate Travis and my 5 year anniversary than sipping on an Italin-inspired cocktail?

The Italian Sunset Sour blends my favorite Italian elements: Italian gin, Aperol, fresh zesty lemon, and aromatic basil. Simple syrup balances out the tartness in this drink, feel free to adjust according to your sweetness preference. This refreshing cocktail is topped with a velvety foam that transports you to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast with every sip!

And there’s nothing like savoring a beautifully crafted cocktail in an equally gorgeous glass. I chose to serve the Italian Sunset Sour in the elegant Veneziano Mixology Coupe from Zafferano. I absolutely adore the versatility and quality of their glassware, which has quickly become my go-to for all my favorite Italian-inspired bevs!

About Zafferano

Zafferano, established by the esteemed Venetian glassmaker Federico de Majo, has been a pioneer in exquisite glassware design since 2001. With a rich history that traces back to the early ’70s, Zafferano blends traditional craftsmanship with innovative design across its product range.

Known for the elegant Veneziano Mixology Coupe and vibrant Poldina table lamps, Zafferano’s offerings encapsulate Italian elegance, bringing an artistic flair to dining and drinking experiences worldwide. Each piece is not just functional but a true piece of art, enhancing any culinary setting or home décor with a touch of sophistication.

Ingredients for the Italian Sunset Sour

  • Aperol: Offers a lively orange tinge and perfect balance of sweet and bitter.
  • Italian Gin: Opt for a gin distilled in Italy to infuse the cocktail with a crisp botanical quality.
  • Lemon Juice: A splash of tang to cut through the sweetness, vital for any sour cocktail.
  • Basil Leaves: Fresh basil leaves adds a herbaceous brightness.
  • Egg White: Creates a creamy froth to the drink.
  • Simple Syrup: Add enough to sweeten the drink without overshadowing the nuanced flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Edible Flower: Complete the cocktail with a delicate edible flower!
Zafferano Italian Sunset Sour

How to Make the Italian Sunset Sour

This cocktail is a celebration in itself and mixing it is part of the fun!

Start by combining Aperol, Italian gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and basil leaves in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the shaker feels cold to the touch.

Then, strain the mix to remove ice and basil, and shake again without ice. This “dry shake” is the secret to achieving the perfect creamy froth.

Pour the mixture into an elegant coupe glass — like the Veneziano Mixology Coupe from Zafferano America. As the final touch, garnish with an edible flower.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Italian gin different from other gins?

Italian gin often features botanicals native to the region, offering a distinctive Mediterranean twist that complements Aperol’s flavor profile beautifully in this cocktail.

Can I skip the egg white?

While the egg white contributes to the cocktail’s creamy texture, you can omit it for a lighter version. Use aquafaba as a vegan-friendly alternative.

How do I ensure my sour is perfectly balanced?

Balance in a sour comes from the right ratio of sour (lemon juice) to sweet (simple syrup), with the complexity of the Aperol and gin. Always taste and adjust according to your preference before serving.

What can I pair with this cocktail for a complete experience?

Serve the Italian Sunset Sour with light appetizers like caprese skewers or shrimp bruschetta. These dishes complement the cocktail’s bright flavors without overwhelming it.

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Italian Sunset Sour

Mark special moments with an Italian-inspired creation that's as delightful to sip as it is to admire — the Italian Sunset Sour! Featuring Italian gin, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, and basil.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: aperol, Citrus, Gin Sour, italian, sunset sour
Yield: 1


  • 1 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Italian gin
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Garnish: edible flower


  • Add all cocktail ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Remove ice and basil and dry shake without ice until foamy.
  • Pour cocktail mixture into a coupe glass. If desired, garnish with an edible flower.

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