3/4 oz Cherry Heering
3/4 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
3 dash Chili Flake Syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry.
For my last drink at Coppa on Wednesday night, I asked bartender Ian to make me the Riccardo which seemed like an interesting twist on the Blood and Sand. Given that the Blood and Sand is named after a movie about bullfighting in Mexico, Mezcal and chili definitely seemed to make more sense than the original's Scotch. I wondered whether the Riccardo was named after a character in the movie so I asked bar manager Corey Bunnewith about the drink. Corey explained that it was named after a South End real estate guy who ordered enough of these concoctions to have the drink named after him. Apparently, this gentleman is as bright, cheerful, spicy, and full of life as the drink itself.