3/4 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 oz S. Maria al Monte Amaro (sub Amaro Nonino)
1 dash Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
On Sunday night, Andrea and I went down to Eastern Standard for dinner and drinks at the bar. Bartenders Bobby McCoy and Kit Paschal were at our end of the long marble bar and took turns making drinks for us. Bobby made my first drink which he described as a genever drink combined with S. Maria al Monte, an Italian bitter liqueur that Scott Holliday of Rendezvous introduced me to in drinks like the Bull Rider and the Rude Boy, and that was all he needed to say to sell it. While my remembrances of the amaro was that it was closest to Fernet Branca in its dominant herbal notes, this drink was originally developed using Amaro Nonino.