Americano

The last throws of summer have been unrelentingly hot here, leading us to want something more on the light and refreshing side for our afternoon imbibing. We have don’t a number of spritzes already, including the the Venetian Spritz, the  Bitter Intentions and  the  Negroni Sbagliato, so we decided to go with a classic this time. The Americano, like the Negroni, was born from the Milano-Torino cocktail invented in 1860’s by Campari creator, Gaspare Campari, at his Caffè Campari bar in Milano. The original is just equal parts Campari and Punt e Mes sweet vermouth. Add gin and it’s a[…]

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Negroni Sbagliato

As summer is winding to a close (okay, we live in California; please don’t hate us. Okay, go ahead.) we thought we would have one more fling with the those classics of summer frivolity, the spritz.  This item we are going with probably one of our favorites, the Negroni Sbagliato. We got the recipe out of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau.  They retell (via the current owner and son of the alleged inventor) a pretty great story about Mirko Stocchetto, owner of the Bar Brasso in Milan, inventing the drink the[…]

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Bitter Intentions

It’s been hot here.  And not just the usual “No problem; it’s a dry heat” hot, but that your eyes are hot; you can cook your brain kind of hot.   And it’s June. Looks like it could be a long one, so best make certain we have a sufficient cache of summer recipes.   To that end, I turned once again to B’s anniverary gift, Baiocchi and Parisea’s book Spritz.  I was looking for something involving lemons and came across Bitter Intentions, a creation of Bobby Heugel, proprietor of Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston.    This little tipple uses a[…]

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Venetian Spritz

Summer’s decidedly underway here, and to celebrate (actually an anniversary gift), B gave me a copy of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes.   We decided to go for a couple of classics, before wading into the modern machinations. Spritz’s originally started out in the 1800’s as a way to weaken the local wine when a bunch of Austrian’s found themselves trying to govern Veneto (Italy) with wine that was rather stronger than they were used to.  By the early 1900’s, the invention of soda siphons made it possible to add fizz to still wines.  Over the intervening decades,[…]

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