Twentieth Century Cocktail (Meletti)

Sublime chocolate flavors swimming in a complex pool of sweet, sour, and a bit bitter.
1 12 oz Gin
34 oz Aromatized wine, Cocchi Americano (or Lillet)
12 oz Amaro Meletti
38 oz Lemon juice
1 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail
Inspired by the chocolate flavor of Meletti.
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  • Chocolate and lemon is a little weird. — ☆☆☆
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Nice drink. I have a

Nice drink. I have a suggestion for the variation's name: "Venti Secolo" ('Twentieth Century' in Italian and it sounds cool).

My expectations for this

My expectations for this drink were high; it was rated 5 by seven people. I made one minor change, reducing the lemon juice from 3/8 oz to 1/4 oz. I did this because over the years I found that the requisite amount of lemon juice for a given cocktail recipe was too much for my taste buds, so I generally reduce the amount of lemon juice by 40 to 50%. The result is--for me--a satisfactory cocktail. When I reduced the lemon juice here, I was left with a pleasant cocktail that I rated as 4.0.

Later, I found in my refrigerator a pink lemon described as having a "tangy taste." So I tried it, using 3/8 oz of juice. I was pleasently surprised; it did not have as bitter a taste as the traditional lemon. This libation I rated as 4.5.By the way, I used two dashes of the mole in both variations; I like a chocolate taste!.

The next time I try this cocktail, I will use a Meyer lemon, which is shaped like a lemon, but its peel is orange in color and it has a less bitter taste. I will comment on the outcome of using a Meyer lemon, Some will wonder why am I doing all this? Good question! The reason is that I know I am not the only person who finds the requisite amount of lemon juice is too much, and even a small reduction is not entirely satisfactory. So, I am exploring other avenues as an alternative to the lemon when a cocktail recipe calls for lemon juice. Who knows--maybe the Nobel Peace prize!