The Merchant's Wife
A bright mix of watermelon, gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and a splash of club soda, this drink from Stella Rosa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica is well-balanced, effervescent, and not too sweet. Get the recipe for The Merchant's Wife ». Maxime Iattoni

Light and refreshing, aperitifs are the perfect answer to beating the summer heat. Enjoy them before dinner, or simply on a lazy weekend afternoon.

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