Here's a good formula: take aromatized or fortified wine, serve on the rocks. Wanna get fancy? Add a splash of soda. (Ok, it's not that fancy. But it is delicious.)
Serious Eats New York editor Max Falkowitz discovered this easy cocktail on the recommendation of his server at Hearth in the East Village. They key to the drink is a hefty pour of wonderfully bittersweet Cocchi Americano (pronounced "COKE-ey", not "COACH-ey"), which is made with fortified Moscato di Asti that has been infused with cinchona bark, citrus peel, spices, and other botanicals. Lightened with a bit of soda, it's orangey with just enough edge to keep it refreshing. You can increase the soda or serve it almost-straight, depending on your sweet tooth and your thirst.
You can adjust this drink to your taste—the Classico cocktail calls for equal parts Cocchi Americano and soda, though we like it with less.
Look for Cocchi at your local wine shop, or order it online if your state allows shipping. You can also try this with Lillet, which is a bit sweeter.
1/4 cup Cocchi Americano Apertivo
Splash chilled club soda (up to 1 ounce if desired)
Garnish: orange twist
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add Cocchi and stir twice to chill, add soda. Rub orange twist on rim of glass, then add to drink as garnish.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|