Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Cortina Cup

Cortina is a town in the southern Alps know for being a location along a famous bicycle race by the same name. This cocktail is a golden cup that emulates the race's prize, and it appropriately uses the Italian Alpine spirit, Strega.

Strega is made with saffron, mint and a number of proprietary herbs and fruits. It is gold but tastes chilly and cool. Add to this a bit of creme de menthe and a splash of Pernod and you have a sugary cocktail that is bursting with herbal flavor. You don't notice the mint as much as you'd expect with all of the juice. And the garnishes smell exactly like the drink tastes. 
  • 2 oz. Strega
  • 1/2 oz. peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Pernod
  • orange slice and mint sprig
Combine liquid ingredients except Pernod in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled wine goblet. Add garnishes and float Pernod on top. 

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