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And Now For Something A Little Different…Grappa Cocktails

on 24/04/11 at 11:57 am


Reinvent these classic cocktails with grappa.

Grappa may not be the first alcohol that comes to mind when you’re planning to make martinis. But a young grappa, served chilled, can give exciting new flavours to a classic cocktail. Try it in a recipe where you’d normally use vodka and see what you think. A new hit flavour combination? Perhaps.

Caffe Coretto

Quite simply, a shot of espresso and a shot of grappa. Serves 1.


There are myriad versions of this recipe; here’s one of our favourites, a simple but trendy twist on a classic drink. And just like any traditional dry martini, it packs a whallop of alcohol. Imbibe at your own risk.

1 ½ oz grappa

1 ½ oz dry vermouth

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain and serve in a martini glass. Serves 1.

Florence Cocktail

2 oz grappa

½ oz triple sec

2 oz lemon juice

Mix in a cocktail shaker and serve in a martini glass. Serves 1.

Grappa Melba

1 oz grappa

1 oz Drambuie

1 oz Kalhua

Shake in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice. Serves 1.

Read “Glorious Grappa” to learn how artisanal producers are reinventing Italy’s classic spirit.


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