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April 17, 2013

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

This cocktail, adapted from Domenica in New Orleans, is pretty low in alcohol, but not at all low in flavor. It reminds us of rich caramel and tangy lemon drops, with an essential smoky addition from a few drops of Scotch. Nardini Amaro is a chocolatey amaro with tons of peppermint flavor.

Note: To make turbinado sugar simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup turbinado sugar (such as Sugar in the Raw) in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Special equipment: cocktail shaker and strainer, straw or eyedropper


serves makes 1 cocktail, active time 5 minutes, total time 5 minutes

  • 1 ounce Nardini Amaro
  • 1 ounce Pimm's No. 1
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 ounce turbinado sugar simple syrup (see note above)
  • 3 drops smoky Islay Scotch, such as Laphroaig Single Malt Quarter Cask


  1. Add Nardini, Pimm's, orange juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. Strain into a cocktail coupe. Float 3 drops Scotch on surface of drink and serve immediately.

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