Nothing says day-drinking quite like an Aperol spritz. Colin Mason of Little Donkey has made this sunny, bittersweet classic even brighter with the Borderline, a breezy mixture of Aperol, sparkling wine, grapefruit liqueur and a touch of the kitchen’s own pickle brine. “When I visited Italy, they would put an olive on top of the Aperol spritz, and I loved the saltiness of the olive paired with the drink,” Mason says. “I decided to come back and put a little pickle juice in it.” The result is a cocktail that refreshes your very soul, then makes your mouth water for more. We recommend having more.
$12 at Little Donkey, 505 Mass. Ave., Cambridge (617-945-1008) littledonkeybos.com