The Veneto

In preparation for our April 3st of the Month and a theme that's "all about the grapes," we're playing around with some grape-based booze. 

In this cocktail, we're using Alexander Grappa, one of our April booze partners, to make a damn tasty sipper. Grappa can pack a punch, with proofs ranging from 70-120. Luckily, Alexander Grappa is hovering right at 80 proof, which makes it ideal for mixing into cocktails. 

We've written about Grappa before, but the key is that it is an Italian spirit. We figured we'd stay with that theme and mix in a couple other ingredients from its native land - Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and freshly-juice Valencia oranges. Okay, so maybe these oranges didn't come from Italy, but you get the point. Don't split hairs. 



cocktail shaker
mesh strainer
coupe cocktail glass


1.5 oz Alexander Grappa
1.5 oz freshly-squeezed Valencia orange juice
.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
granulated sugar for garnish


After juicing the orange, rub the cut side of the orange on the outside edge of one side of the glass and dip it in sugar. Set it aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the hell out of it for about 15 - 20 seconds. Double-strain into the cocktails glass. Enjoy!