It is often said in the fashion world that if something hangs in your closet long enough, it will come back in style and you can wear it again (provided it still fits !) The world of spirits can be just as fickle, with a waxing and waning of popularity of spirits and cocktails of all descriptions. When was the last time you ordered a Harvey Wallbanger ? A Pink Lady ? Sloe Gin Fizz ? Singapore Sling ?
Below are some spirits that are experiencing an increase in popularity in recent years and are becoming favorites of bartenders formulating craft cocktails. A cocktail theme party might be great fun with one or more of these spirits !!
Drambuie is a liqueur made from scotch whisky, honey, and a blend of herbs and spices. The original recipe dates to the mid 1700’s. With several changes in the recipe and in ownership of the brand over the years, it is now owned by William Grant & Sons, the makers of Glenfiddich.
Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in southern Italy from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons. Lemon zest is steeped in rectified spirit until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with simple syrup. It is this mixing that gives limoncello its characteristic strong lemon flavor without the bitterness of pure lemon juice. It can be served chilled after dinner, mixed in cocktails or even used to flavor ice cream !
Aperol was developed in 1919, and gained popularity through the 1920’s and 1930’s. It’s unique bittersweet taste is derived from a secret recipe that has remained unchanged since 1919. The Aperol Spritz is the signature cocktail made using Aperol, and considered by many to be “Italy’s Cocktail”. It’s relatively low alcohol content (11%) make it ideal for a brunch cocktail, afternoon sipper, or an aperitif.
1 ½ ounces scotch whisky
½ ounce Drambuie
1 twist of lemon peel
Add scotch and Drambuie to ice-filled glass. Stir well. Garnish with lemon twist.
3 parts Zardetto Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
splash of soda water
orange slice, for garnish
Add all ingredients to ice-filled wine glass. Garnish with orange slice.
2 ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1ounce Paolucci Limoncello
1 dash Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
1 dash Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
Add bourbon and limoncello to ice-filled glass. Add bitters. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Written by Richard Edwards. Permission to publish by The Local.