Thursday, June 3, 2010

What We're Drinking: Il Siciliano

Effervescent's Il Siciliano
by Effervescent

I’m gonna make you a cocktail you can’t refuse…to put down! Godfather puns aside, this original cocktail combines American Rye whiskey, Solerno Sicilian Blood Orange Liquor, Cognac, Pimm's No 1,  plus modifiers such as Absente and Grenadine add to the complex flavor. There is also the lightest pinch of Trapani sicilian sea salt (ancient windmills power the stone wheels that grind the salt dried in the Sicilian sun). Shake up and serve in an old fashion with a few cubes of ice and lemon peel.  

The cocktail, which I showcased at my recent 40th Birthday celebration in Brooklyn, was the aperitvo before a multi-course meal. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. Probably best to leave the Gun, and take…Il Siciliano!

Il Siciliano
1 oz Michter's Straight Rye
1/2 oz Solerno Sicilian Blood Orange Liquor
1/2 oz Napoleon VSOP Cognac
1/2 oz Pimm's No. 1
Two Dashes of Blanton's Bourbon
Dash of Absente
Dash of Home made Grenadine
Pinch of Trapani Sicilian sea salt
Combine over ice and shake until chilled. Serve over ice in an Old Fashioned glass with a Lemon peel.
Editor's Note: Effervescent, who is a Sicilian dandy of the highest order, is our  Lounge Essentials and Angolo di Modo man about town. He also dabbles with cocktails and came up with this one to celebrate his milestone birthday. Grazie mille Eff!!

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