I found a recipe for a cocktail I'd never heard of (while looking for cocktail recipes containing Aperol) and decided to try it out on our friends last night when they came over for dinner. It's called an Amber Road and here are the ingredients (plus a mint sprig, maple syrup, and fizzy water, not shown):
For one cocktail: Add 1½ ounces of bourbon (I used Bulleit), 1 ounce of Aperol, ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice and ¼ ounce of maple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Shake it up hard, then strain it into a tall glass with ice. Add 2 ounces of soda, and garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
It was delicious! Really delicious.
Also: I mixed the bourbon, Aperol, bitters, maple syrup, and lemon juice up before hand and kept it in the fridge. When our guests arrived I just added ice to the shaker and shook away, then poured the shaken concoction over ice, added the fizzy water and mint sprig, and done!