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Friday, June 04, 2010

Drink of the Week: Gran Classico Bitter

Amari fans take note—there’s a new bitter in town and it’s got a serious bite. The Gran Classico Bitter, from a family-run Swiss distillery, has remained unchanged from its original 1864 formula, and is a classic expression of the Turin bitters style, complete with bittersweet notes of rhubarb, bitter orange peel and wormwood. Those ingredients, along with other herbs from the Italian, Swiss and French countryside, are macerated for two weeks in a neutral grain spirit and then bottled un-dyed and unfiltered, resulting in a bold and nuanced bitter that highlights the notes of each ingredient. Hitting the California market next week and New York next month, look for the Gran Classico Bitter to start popping up in bars around the country, or try it at home in the Negroni d’Or from San Francisco bartender Brian MacGregor.
$35, tempusfugitspirits.com

Negroni d’Or

1 1/2 oz. G' Vine Nouasion gin
1/2 oz. Dolin Blanc vermouth
1/2 oz. Gran Classico Bitter
Ice cubes
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: sherry

Stir ingredients gently with ice and strain into a chilled sherry glass.

Brian MacGregor, Jardiniere, San Francisco