The Cappellano Barolo Chinato is sublimely aromatic and refreshing, and at 18% abv it’s easy to enjoy a good couple of quaffs. I prefer a large serve over ice as a strong aperitif or a gentle digestive.
However Giorgio recently challenged me to make a mixed drink with it, so I came up with this for the popup at Monks & Co and I’m delighted to add this to my repertoire as it’s about to go onto high rotation.
Named like a 90s hip-hop song, “Generous” is the combination of Argalà Genepy Gin with apricot that I’ve been fiddling with for the past three years. Often simplest is best, and the dry Australian Style negroni served as inspiration. Marionette’s excellent and slightly tannic Apricot Brandy Liqueur provides the perfect structural foil for the ethereal genepy and bright apricot aromatics, while the earthy Bio Bitter all but disappears beneath the others while anchoring the drink and providing just a lick of bitterness.