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Aperitivo Americano


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#121 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

I was actually wondering about the taste of the cocktail itself, but maybe it is also hard to describe. In any case, thanks for the detailed tasting notes on the Ransom gin. I am intrigued. It looks like everyone is very passionate about it!

Edited by FrogPrincesse, 23 January 2013 - 10:27 AM.


#122 Kerry Beal

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

Attempt to describe the Lindberg's Baby - first you get the malty gin flavour, tempered by the citrus nose of the grapefruit bitters, then at the end comes in the sweet fruity tone from the apry.

Edited by Kerry Beal, 23 January 2013 - 06:05 PM.


#123 EvergreenDan

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

I saw Cocchi Americano in rose. Anyone know anything about it? Any good?


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#124 campus five

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:49 PM

It's delicious. It has a very similar flavor to regular Cocchi, that is if the orange notes in Cocchi were replaced by berry.
3 oz, rocks, with a splash of soda, with a big, fat lemon peel - perfect for a spring afternoon.

#125 ericjs

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:33 PM


An example of my own devising: I came up with the Lindberg's Baby recipe for a fundraiser here at which I was host bartender, and it showcases every good feature of the Cocchi Americano (as well as the outstanding Ransom Old Tom gin):
 

1½ oz Ransom Old Tom gin
1 oz Cocchi Americano
scant ½ oz Marie Brizard Apry apricot liqueur
dash Scrappy's or Fee's grapefruit bitters
dash Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter or Angostura bitters


No need to throw out Lillet or CA. Each has a rightful place, methinks.

 

 

I know this thread is a tad old, but I found it looking for something new to make with the Cocchi Americano I'd just bought a new bottle of, and I just want to compliment Chris Amirault on his wonderful Lindberg's Baby. I'd just bought a new bottle of Ransom at the same time so a drink mixing the two was a bonus. I'd tried mixing them before but to unimpressive results. I had Fee's grapefruit and the Jerry Thomas, but not the Marie Brizard, so for that I substituted some peach syrup (the kind meant for "italian sodas"). It was wonderful. I'm probably going to serve this at an upcoming party.

My one reservation is the name, which if you know the history, could perhaps be offensive. Besides being a "crime of the century" press circus, the Lindberg baby kidnapping was quite tragic. The dead toddler was found a few months after the kidnapping. I think this tasty cocktail calls for a lighter name.

 

Cheers,

 

Eric


Edited by ericjs, 13 March 2014 - 01:34 PM.


#126 Chris Amirault

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:58 PM

Thanks for the compliment on the drink -- I'm glad you liked it! 


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#127 ericjs

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:28 PM

As I mentioned I intend to serve the Lindberg's baby at a party (tomorrow night) and so I've done some pre-party drink testing, and now I've got a little more feedback.

 

Caveat: I've not yet tried it with Marie Brizzard Apry. I've tried 3 local liquor stores to no avail.

 

The first time I made it, I used some kind of peach Italian syrup (Monin? Torani? I don't even know because I drew on some I had in the back of cabinet, which I had transferred to a smaller jar a few years back). It was wonderful! But a key thing is that this syrup has, besides sweetness, a nice peach tartness to it. Since then I picked up a small bottle of Mathilde peche and tried that. I remembered the Mathilde from maybe a decade ago as having a nice peach tartness also, but either they've changed it or I remember wrongly because this does not, and it really didn't work for me.

 

Finally tonight I bought some Giffard Abricot, as the closest thing to the Brizard I could find and tried it against these other two. On the first trial, with equal quantities of each, the syrup won, the Gifford came second, and the Mathilde a distant third. With the Gifford I missed the tartness of the syrup. The apricot flavor of the Gifford is also quite strong--wonderful but overpowering. So I backed off on the quanity, and added a small squeeze of lemon juice, and it was even better than the syrup.

 

So the upshot for me is that just a little tartness makes a big difference. If the Brizard has such a tartness then perhaps I am just making up for that. If it does not, then might I humbly suggest trying it with just a little bit of lemon juice. It may be that it turns it into a slightly different drink, and I'm just tuning it to my own taste buds, but I'd be curious what you think.

 

Cheers,

 

Eric


Edited by ericjs, 14 March 2014 - 10:30 PM.