It Only Hurts the First Time

1 12 oz PInk grapefruit juice
1 oz Gran Classico
12 oz Cynar
12 oz Maurin Quina
Instructions
Stir with ice to combine - not so much for chilling/dilution - this chould be cool, not cold. Strain into a spirits glass (something with a bowl).
Notes
This is a proof-of-concept for an upcoming article. It builds a cherry-like accord between the juice, Gran Classico and Maurin Quina.
History
Made for TDN: Double Entendre 4/5/12
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5 Comments

This was excellent. My wife

This was excellent. My wife took the glass from me and kept it. I suspect it would work well with white grapefruit juice, too -- maybe even better, depending upon the sweetness of the fruits. I was surprised at how floral it is. The combination really brings out the floral nature of Gran Classico, which Campari lacks. It is also useful as a low-alcohol cocktail. Between the alcohol and the bitterness, it is pleasantly slow-sipping -- perfect for a relaxing afternoon where you might have more than one drink. Yet it drinks like a cocktail, rather than a super-light aperitif.

Zachary Pearson's picture

Dan, I'm glad y'all liked it

Dan,

I'm glad y'all liked it - I have a feeling this could be a long drink as well - strain into an ice-filled Collins and top with 3-4 oz of sparkling water.

Thanks,

Zachary

Zachary Pearson's picture

Christina, Glad you like it -

Christina,

Glad you like it - this was one of those "I'm staring at the liquor cabinet and I have no idea what to make" drinks that turns out to be a happy accident. It's definitely session-y: low alcohol, and bitter enough to force sipping. I think the important thing is not to stir it too long, and if you can, serve it in a small wineglass. I have a set of spirits tasting glasses from Pier One that are sharply tapered at the top and hold about 7 oz total.

Thanks,

Zachary