Here it is ladies and gentlemen... The winning cocktail of Leaving Tradition Behind with Amaro Montenegro in all it's glory.
Eau de Vie's Alex Hart's drink has been built around the story of Giuseppe, a family man and cafe owner in the city Napels, Italy. Business was steady at his cafe, with a stream of regulars, helping him support his wife and three kids.
One day a woman came into his cafe, different from the rest of his usual patrons. She carried herself with an elegance and regality. She sat outside, hidden behind sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat, she drank espresso and snacked at her biscotti.
The following afternoon she returned to Giuseppe's cafe, again hidden behind sunglasses. This time she ordered an amaro over ice and olives, then sat waiting in the sun. Giuseppe asked one of his regulars, who the woman might be. He replied I've heard rumours the Princess of Montenegro is visiting town. At this moment a man Giuseppe did recognise approached the table, sat by the women and kissed her full on the lips. It was the Prince of Naples.
40ml Montenegro Amaro
15ml Rittenhouse rye whiskey
10ml Apricot brandy
20ml Pineapple & thyme shrub
5ml Nocellara olive brine
spray of coffee tincture
Swizzle and serve over crushed ice in a large sour glass
Garnish: Coffee tincture toasted biscotti and thyme