Thursday, August 1, 2013


1 1/2 oz La Cigarrera Amontillado
3/4 oz Braulio Amaro (*)
1/2 oz Carpano Antica
1/4 oz Punt e Mes

Stir with ice and strain into a wine glass. Garnish with grapefruit oil.
(*) In a pinch, perhaps another alpine amaro like Fernet or S. Maria al Monte would do.

Perhaps it was all this talk of sherry the night before that made me consider going to Belly Wine Bar the following night. That and I spotted Ryan Connelly checked in on the OnTheBar app before I left the house. Once there, Ryan mentioned that he had some new drinks which he had developed for the upcoming vermouth cocktails section of the menu. Of that batch, I selected the Infanta.
The Infanta's grapefruit twist provided a brightness to counter the darker, nutty, and herbal aromatic undertones. A medley of grape flavors on the sip led into a nutty and complex herbal swallow. Elegant, herbal, and light, the Infanta straddles the line between aperitif and digestif quite well.

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