Friday, February 28, 2014

Cocktail du jour: The Colonial Americano

I feel like this would be a great Thanksgiving cocktail, but I have absolutely no desire to turn back the calendar. Tomorrow is March 1st and I couldn't be any happier to see the end of February. Our days of bone chilling cold are numbered and the upcoming switch to daylight savings will bring us all another much needed hour of sunlight. Now that's a reason to raise your glass!

When writing up my raspberry lime rickey post I mistakenly thought it came in a martini glass at M.C. Spiedo, clearly my memory was a bit cloudy from nine days of vacation at home with the kiddos. I was remembering it as the Maiden's Secret from Area Four in Cambridge, a similarly colored but completely different tasting cocktail that is served as a martini.

In order to recreate the Maiden's Secret chez C&G we had some serious shopping to do on our way home and no trip to Boston is complete without a stop at Kappy's for some souvenirs. Cocchi Americano is a new addition to our bar and it's a pale, sweet and citrusy aperitif. It blends well with the cranberry and apple brandy and balances out the alcohol taste from the vodka. I've christened our version the Colonial Americano, and you've got plenty of time to perfect it for your holiday celebrations next November. I've given you the perfect cocktail excuse, consider it recipe testing research. Just be sure to have enough martini glasses to go around. Cheers!

The Colonial Americano
1 oz vodka
1 oz Laird's Applejack
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/4 oz cranberry liqueur

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake and strain into a martini glass

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