Cocchi Americano is at the center of my first original of 2017, which I'm calling the Fragola Rock
by Craig Eliason, St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)
1 1/2 oz Aromatized wine, Cocchi Americano
1 oz Gin
3/4 oz Strawberry shrub
10 dr Salt Solution
1 oz Soda water (to top)
1 twst Grapefruit peel (as garnish)
1 Strawberry (as garnish)
Stir all but soda, strain onto big rock in a DOF (or onto cracked ice in a wine glass), top with soda, briefly stir, express grapefruit twist and garnish with it and/or a strawberry.
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Citrus juice (lemon and grapefruit) comes through though it's not present! This is accessible and tasty. The strawberry flavors are very subtle; the vinegar comes through more strongly, though there's enough sweetness (and a little bitter from the americano) to hold it in check.
I made the shrub a while ago from the Serious Eats cold-process recipe. Can't recall if I used cider vinegar or red wine vinegar or a combination of the two.