Friday, September 19, 2014

torino retiree

1 oz Tanqueray 10 Gin
3/4 oz Gran Classico
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
2 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass with ice. Top with 2-3 oz Fever Tree soda water and garnish with an orange twist.

Two Thursdays ago, I stopped into No. 9 Park where Sam Oliveri and Bob Mersereau were at the stick. No. 9 Park is one of the several restaurants in town that have a secondary cocktail menu; here, the first one is a dozen or so drinks and the other is a multi-page book organized by drink themes. In the Ethereal section, I spied the refreshing looking Torino Retiree which seemed like a good start since the other drink I wanted was a bit heavier. Sam explained that it was his drink that he made as an "Italian patio pounder" for he tried to envision what old men would drink on the Riviera.
The Torino Retiree shared an orange oil aroma from the twist. A carbonated sip shared orange flavors from the curaçao, Cocchi Americano, and bitters, and the swallow offered herbal notes from the gin and Gran Classico ending with a dry finish. Overall, it was a delightful abstraction of a Negroni-Americano hybrid.

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