The Backsplash – Cocchi Americano Rosa and Solerno Cocktail
Nowhere is Bogie’s sentiment more apt than when used to describe the vicissitudes of a home remodel. Selecting a backsplash for my kitchen has sent me into a tizzy. A tizzy, in case you are not familiar with the term, is Bart’s chosen descriptor for that peculiar state of mind that overcomes me when I am overwhelmed, angry or quite undone. It is not a compliment.
Help however, is not far behind, and it comes in the form of a cocktail, the Backsplash. This one is a combination of Cocchi Americano Rosa, the newest vino aromatizzato (aromatized wine) from The House of Cocchi and Solerno, a liqueur made of Sicilian oranges and lemons. The citrus in both liquors marry beautifully and the kiss of bitter in the Americano Rosa lends a most adult finish.
The formula is simple. It is 1:1, equal parts of both liquors shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Please note I said cocktail glass, not salad bowl. I am referring, of course, to those eight or ten ounce abominations appropriate only for dessert… or photography. A proper cocktail is measured in ounces, not cup proportions. To my mind, two or three ounces is enough. More than that, and by the time I get to the bottom, my cocktail is room temperature, a sad state of affairs indeed.
2 oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa
2 oz. Solerno
orange wheels for garnish
Chill the cocktail glasses. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with cracked ice and add liquors. Shake for thirty seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses.
Garnish with an orange wheel. Serve.
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