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
Photography by Brook James
We had the pleasure of visiting the Four Pillars Gin distillery earlier this year and were blown away by their innovation and attention to detail. The amount of love and care that goes in to creating their products is immaculate. We pay tribute to the art of perfection and the colour of their beautiful copper still with the 'Healesville Old Fashioned".
40mL Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin
15mL Giant Steps Chardonnay (2015)
2 dashes of Angostrua Bitters
4 dahses of Kari's Aromatic Orange Bitters
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
Combine all of your ingredients into a mixing beaker
Pour your self a Four Pillars with a dash of soda
Fill your beaker to the top with high quality ice and while you have the ice handy, grab a vessel for your end product and chill it down with aforementioned ice (We used Denver and Liely's new gin cocktail glassware)
While stirring down your ingredients, consume your Four Pillars and soda (shouldn't take longer than 10 seconds)
If it is good to go then single strain that bad girl into your vessel over fresh ice
Serve with one orange peel