Wednesday, September 8, 2021

[the sgarallino]

2 oz Angel's Envy Bourbon
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey Syrup
1/4 oz Meletti Amaro

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

Two Wednesdays ago, I stopped into Backbar during my brand work with Angel's Envy. There, I found a seat in front of Rachel Kopelman, and I asked her for a bartender's whim using said spirit. She returned with a Gold Rush riff containing Meletti Amaro akin to the Without a Trace that utilized Amaro Nonino. For a name, I dubbed this one the Sgarallino after Andrea Sgarallino who was part of the Italian wave of immigrants who partook in the '49ers gold rush in California. Sgarallino was rather successful there, and he brought back his gold and money collected from the community to help fund the Italian Revolution that united the country in the early 1860s.
The drink began with a Bourbon, lemon, and floral bouquet. Next, lemon, honey, and caramel on the sip gave way to Bourbon, floral, and bitter herbal flavors on the swallow with Meletti's violet flower note working elegantly with the honey here.

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