Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cocktail du jour: The Livorno

Livorno is the Italian town where the brandy based liqueur Tuaca was made for hundreds of years. With hints of citrus and vanilla, it's an ideal mixer for any kind of bourbon or whiskey. Which could be why it was bought by an American company and production was moved to Kentucky. In May of 2010 the Livorno plant closed it's doors and the secret recipe was exported to the US.

In an odd twist of fate Mr. C&G tells me that Italy no longer has an import license for Tuaca. So there will be no drinking of Livornos in Livorno. If you've got a bottle in your liquor cabinet, stir this one up and be sure to raise a glass to our Italian friends.

The C&G Livorno:
1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Whiskey
3/4 oz. Tuaca
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir together in a glass filled with ice
Strain into a glass with a Luxardo cherry at the bottom
Cin cin (cheers, in Italian) and enjoy!

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