101 Best New Cocktails: CuCuJulio by Francesco Cione, Caffè Baglioni at the Carlton Hotel, Milano, Italy
Adapted from a recipe by Francesco Cione, Caffè Baglioni at the Carlton Hotel, Milano, Italy.
“[This was the] winning Cocktail recipe at the recent DIAGEO World Class Italian semi-final held in Milan last April, 2, 2012. Inspired by the Mexican cucumber flavored “Agua Fresca de Pepino” drink and, of course, by a new classic Tommy’s Margarita. The cocktail, as you can see from the picture, has been served in a special box with an open glass cover. This would represent a cocktail shown in a ‘shop window.’ The drink is served with an Hibiscus flower in syrup on the side that can be added to the drink to give a rounder and sweeter. An orchid flower and some fresh lemongrass supported into the box complete the cocktail presentation.” Francesco Cione.
10 ml (.3 oz) freshly squeezed lime juice
10 ml (.3 oz) homemade vanilla flavored sugar syrup
3 large fresh cucumber chunks
5 drops Pimiento Dram
1 pink grapefruit twist, as garnish
Muddle the cucumber well in a tin, add ice, and the remaining ingredients, and roll between the tin and a mixing glass until well mixed and well chilled. Strain into a chilled Orléans- style stem glass, or other stylish wine glass, and add the garnish. “Serve with a smile and an extra dash of love free included.” Francesco Cione.
gaz sez: Good Golly Miss Molly! This is such a fine drink, and I think it might be the way that the Pimiento Dram plays with the Don Julio and the cucumber, that really makes it stand out. Nicely done, Francesco!