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An Aperol Spritz with a Japanese Twist


When I took my first sip of my Setting Sun cocktail at Ryu in New York City earlier this month, I knew I had to share it with the Fit Foodies. It was amazing! (Doesn’t hurt that I spotted Gossip Girl cutie Ed Westwick sitting at the bar.)

Reminiscent of an Italian spritz, a somewhat bitter after-work drink in the northern part of that country, this cocktail gets a Japanese twist with a dash of yuzu and a dose of sparkling sake. After a little digging, I’ve tracked down the complete recipe and calorie count so you can recreate it at home—while watching an episode of Gossip Girl, perhaps?


Setting Sun Cocktail
190 calories, 5 grams carbs

3 ounces sparkling sake 
1 ounce Aperol
1/4 ounce yuzu juice
Orange wedge, for garnish
Sprig of mint, for garnish

Fill a pilsner glass with pebble ice. Add sake, Aperol, and yuzu juice, and use a swizzle wand to lightly mix. Top with more sparkling sake if needed. Garnish with orange wedge and mint. 

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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