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