High-proof bourbon meets its match with bitter Punt e Mes.
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The combination is simple: Cynar and Punt e Mes, a little lemon juice and orange bitters, finished with salt on top of the ice. The mixture is rich, at times sweet and others tart and sometimes tongue-curlingly bitter.
If you like bitter liqueurs at all, this combination of Cynar, Punt e Mes, lemon, and salt is a drink you must try.
Simmering Mexican Coca Cola, brandy, and red wine down into a syrup provides body to this spin on a Manhattan from La Condesa in Austin, Texas. Rye and Punt e Mes coax out the syrup's complexity.
A smoky drink with notes of lime from Rickhouse in San Francisco.
Aldea's Brian Block makes this delectable variation on the classic Negroni, using Punt e Mes Italian vermouth, Aperol, and cocoa-nib infused gin.
This recipe is from William Nazar of Blue Hill Stone Barns.
Similar in approach to the Red Hook, another Brooklyn-themed Manhattan variation, the Slope--named for the borough's Park Slope neighborhood--utilizes an extra-bitter style of vermouth called Punt e Mes, then tempers the bitterness with the stone-fruit sweetness of apricot liqueur. The result is potent, balanced and memorable; an excellent cocktail for a mid-autumn evening.
Here's a relative of the Manhattan that dates to within the past five years, a drink created by New York bartender Enzo Errico that utilizes its ancestor's rye whiskey base, matches it with the bitter Italian vermouth Punt e Mes, and fills in the flavor with a hearty dose of funky maraschino liqueur. Named for a once rough-and-tumble Brooklyn neighborhood that's since changed with the times, the Red Hook is one of the more memorable variations of the Manhattan.