101 Best New Cocktails: Gianni in Abu Dhabi by Giacomo Ellena, Lacerba, Milan, Italy

by Gaz Regan · Monday, May 18th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Gianni in Abu Dhabi

Giacomo Ellena, Lacerba, Milan, Italy

“I created this cocktail for a friend of mine (Gianni) who left Italy to start a new life in Abu Dhabi. I tried to mix all his favorite flavors, making something perfect for him and that is what I got. This is a nice and fresh but at the same time a structured drink, in my opinion. It’s perfect as an aperitivo but also after dinner.” Giacomo Ellena

Gianni in Abu Dhabi - Copy45 ml (1.5 ml) calvados

30 ml (1 oz) Hennessy cognac

15 ml (.5 oz) Carpano Classico sweet vermouth

10 ml (.33 oz) Branca Menta

1 dash orange bitters

1 orange twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

gaz sez: Gianni must have been sad to leave Italy where his friend thought so much of him that he created such a fine cocktail in his honor. The calvados and cognac go together well, here, and the Branca Menta adds a brightness that fair blinds you from the glass. Nicely done, Giacomo!


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