Monday, October 29, 2012

don't flip out

1 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz Hennessy VS Cognac
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Caffè Borghetti Espresso Liqueur
1 Whole Egg

Shake once without ice and once with ice. Double strain into a coupe glass containing ~3/4 oz soda water. Garnish with freshly grated dark roast coffee bean.

One of the other drinks I had at the Fratelli Branca company's Piccola Italia educational soirée at the Villa Victoria Center was from Russell House Tavern's new bar manager, Sam Gabrielli. Earlier in the evening, Sam mentioned that he had proposed a Flip for the event and he was not expecting to have made the cut for the drink roster. However, after he did, he gained either the respect or the confusion of the other bartenders as to why someone would volunteer to make possibly hundreds of egg drinks. Regardless, Sam was up for it though and was quite proud of his creation. From the description, I decided to saved his Don't Flip Out for my end of the evening nightcap.
The product from Fratelli Branca that Sam was featuring was their espresso liqueur, Caffè Borghetti, that he finds not only amazing but underappreciated. He also finds that its deep roast flavors work well with bitter notes such as from Fernet Branca and Punt e Mes. Once mixed, the Flip began with dark roast coffee aromas from the garnish. The creamy sip presented caramel and roast flavors that were accented with a hint of carbonation. Next, the swallow began with Cognac and coffee and finished with Fernet Branca's herbal notes.

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