Drinks

Liquor Cabinet Adventures: China China and the Liberal

On my latest trip to my dad’s house, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a gander in his liquor cabinet. My dad used to own a fancy Italian restaurant so I figured I could find something unique. I was not disappointed.  

Photos by ADV Photography

The first thing to catch my eye was a bottle of A. Pisanti China China, which I promptly grabbed and took home (don’t worry, I doubt it’s rare or expensive).

China China

China is an amaro made from the bark of the cinchona, a tree native to Peru and the surrounding area. The bark is a source of quinonine and gives China its deliciously bitter taste.

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Source: Pinterest

With the stolen bottle in my possession, I decided to make a drink.

A Variation on the Liberal Cocktail

1 ½ oz rye
1 oz sweet vermouth
½ oz China China
2 dashes orange bitters
Orange zest twist

In an ice-filled mixing glass, add all liquids and stir well to chill and combine. Strain into a coupe. Zest a large piece of orange peel, twist to express the oils, and drop into the glass.

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The Liberal is similar to the Manhattan, but with the added quinonine kick. It also has a distinctively orange flavour from both the orange bitters and the China China.  

It’s the perfect drink to make with a $150 bottle of liquor “borrowed” from your parent’s cabinets. What?? I plan on returning it.

On second thought, my dad doesn’t read this blog….

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