It was a typical weeknight at my place. Below zero outside, electro swing playing in the background, and some light reading. Having just finished a delicious dinner, the book was obviously about cocktails. A perfect evening, really.
I decided to put the book down and look through the liquor cabinet. I came across some Amaro Nonino and it peaked my interest. For the uninitiated, Amaro is a category of bitter Italian herbal liqueur. It’s on the bittersweet side and is typically drank as a digestif. More on the amazing and wonderful world of Amaro in a future post!
Seeing as I had just finished dinner, I decided to experiment with Amaro-led cocktails. This is the result, and I gotta say, it was spot-on on the first try!
1 oz Amaro Nonino
1 oz rye
½ oz B&B (Benedictine & Brandy liqueur)
¼ oz lime juice
Mint for garnish
Add all ingredients, except for the mint, into a shaker and add ice. Shake well until chilled and double strain into a Nick and Nora-style glass or coupe. Garnish with mint sprig.
We named this little drink the Robin Hood due to its green hat. Credit for the name goes to a user from imgur, whose name we forget – if you’re reading this, let us know!
The Robin Hood has a pretty unique profile with spice from the rye, orange, mild gentian, and sweetness from the Amaro Nonino, balanced by the B&B and lime. The cocktail starts off with a kick and quickly tapers to a nice balance.
I hope you give this one a try and enjoy it as much as me and the boys..err…men.