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Cocchi Americano

ABV: 16.5%

Neat: $7

Cocktail: $12

Cocchi Americano (pronounced: ‘coke-ey ameri-kano) is based on white wine from Italy’s Piedmont region wine which is fortified and then 'aromatised' using botanicals including cinchona, gentian and citrus but the full recipe is, of course, secret. Cocchi Americano Bianco has been produced the same way since it was developed by Giulio Cocchi, a young pastry chef who established his business in the north western Italian town of Asti in 1891. After blending the aromatised wine is left to marry for a year before bottling. Cocchi Americano is now made by the Bava family, who are distinguished wine producers producing a range of Moscato di Asti.  Due to its relatively high levels of cinchona, the bitter bark used to make quinine, Cocchi Americano Blanco is regarded by many as the best substitute for the long since discontinued Kina Lillet Appearance: Clear, pale golden.

Nose: Poached pear, honey roasted fig, elderflower, fresh peach, red bell pepper, fat yellow sultana, stewed apricot and orange marmalade.

Taste: Gripping, lightly spiced, honeyed, yet tart zesty citrus fruit and bitter gentian. Aftertaste: Honey and citrus with pine-fresh tart marmalade.

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