Moto Guzzi Cocktail Recipe

High-proof bourbon meets its match with bitter Punt e Mes. Vicky Wasik

This two-ingredient drink was created by Boston bartender John Gertsen. Gertsen and his fellow bartender Kevin Montuori were riffing on Manhattan variations, especially ones using high-proof Booker's bourbon. Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth, more bitter than most sweet vermouths. At 120+ proof, Booker's can take Punt e Mes on head to head, so the Boston barkeeps decided 50-50 was the way to go. Because of Punt e Mes's bitterness, this drink doesn't call for the addition of bitters.

Note: If you don't have Booker's, try Jim Beam Black instead; it's a similar mashbill as the Booker's (possibly even the same), but aged for a shorter time and bottled at a lower proof. You might try a 2:1 ratio of Beam Black and Punt e Mes.

Recipe Facts

Active: 1 min
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Rate & Comment


  • 1 1/2 ounces Booker's bourbon

  • 1 1/2 ounces Punt e Mes


  1. Place a rocks glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes before making the cocktail.

  2. Fill a mixing glass about halfway with ice. Add bourbon and Punt e Mes. Stir until drink is well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into chilled rocks glass. Serve.

Special equipment

mixing glass, mixing spoon, strainer, rocks glass

This Recipe Appears In

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
167 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 42mg 1%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)