my 212 cocktail

My 212 Cocktail

The My 212 cocktail is a vibrant remix of the classic 212 featuring fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and Aperol!

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My 212 Cocktail

While catching up on Love is Blind, I’ve been sipping on My 212 – a cocktail crafted to perfection with a twist on the classic 212 recipe. Rooted in the vibrant energy of the Manhattan area code, the original 212 combines a bold combination of 2 parts grapefruit juice, 1 part Aperol, and 2 parts Tequila.

However, the classic recipe leans heavily on the tequila, creating a potent cocktail. My variation flips the Aperol and Tequila quantities. The result? A drink that’s not only lighter on the alcohol but also boasts a brighter and easier to sip flavor profile. Cheers!

Ingredients for My 212 Cocktail

  • Grapefruit Juice: Opt for fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for the best vibrant citrus notes.
  • Tequila: Choose a smooth and high-quality tequila to add depth and character to My 212. I used Corrido Blanco.
  • Aperol: The bittersweet orange flavor of Aperol complements the grapefruit and tequila for a well-balanced taste.
  • Merlot Sea Salt: For the most unique touch, brush the rim with a swath of honey and sprinkle with Merlot Sea Salt until coated.
  • Grapefruit Slice, Edible Flower: Garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit and edible flower.
My 212 cocktail

How to Make My 212

Crafting this simple cocktail takes just 5 minutes and 3 ingredients!

Start by adding fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and Aperol to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake the mixture until well-chilled.

Next, prepare a glass by brushing the rim with honey and coating it with Merlot Sea Salt. Fill the glass with ice and strain the chilled cocktail mixture into the prepared glass. If desired, garnish with a grapefruit slice and an edible flower.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the classic 212 and My 212 Cocktail?

My 212 is a delightful variation of the classic 212 cocktail, known for its inverted proportions of Aperol and tequila. The traditional 212, named after the Manhattan area code, features a robust combination of 2 parts grapefruit, 1 part Aperol, and 2 parts Tequila. This classic recipe is characterized by a tequila-heavy profile, delivering a potent and bold flavor experience. My 212’s adjustment results in a brighter, easier-to-sip cocktail with a lighter alcohol content, making it a perfect choice for anyone seeking a refreshing and flavorful option.

Can I use a different tequila for My 212?

While I recommend Corrido Blanco for its smoothness, feel free to experiment with your favorite tequila to tailor My 212 to your taste preferences. The key is to choose a tequila that enhances the overall flavor profile of the cocktail.

Can I customize the garnishes?

Absolutely! Get creative with your garnishes to personalize My 212 cocktail. While a grapefruit slice and edible flower add a touch of elegance, feel free to experiment with different fruits or herbs to express your unique style.

Can I use bottled grapefruit juice in My 212?

While I recommend fresh grapefruit juice for an optimal flavor experience, bottled grapefruit juice can be a convenient substitute. Ensure that the bottled juice is 100% pure and free from additives or preservatives to maintain the integrity of the cocktail.

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My 212 Cocktail

My 212 is a vibrant remix of the classic 212 featuring fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and Aperol!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aperol, grapefruit, Tequila, tequila cocktail


  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz tequila
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • Merlot Sea Salt
  • Garnish: grapefruit slice, edible flower


  • Add grapefruit juice, tequila, Aperol and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
  • Brush the rim of a cocktail glass with honey and sprinkle with Merlot Sea Salt until coated. Fill the glass with ice.
  • Strain the cocktail mixture into the glass. If desired, garnish with a grapefruit slice and edible flower.

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