Friday, April 16, 2010

[posta aerea ]

1 oz Campari
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and add a lemon twist.

For my last drink at Craigie on Main on Sunday night, I asked bartender Paul to make a drink that would complement the cheese plate we had just ordered. What would best sum up his drink is an Italian amaro variation of the classic Air Mail. Here, he used Campari and lemon juice in place of the rum and lime juice while keeping the honey syrup and sparkling wine ingredients intact. The Campari donated a vibrant red hue to the drink and the lemon twist added an equally vibrant nose. The Campari, lemon, and sparkling wine provided a pleasant sharpness that worked well with the cheeses. These sharp notes were partially balanced by the honey syrup which added both a rich mouthfeel and a degree of sweetness to the mix.

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