Monday, September 17, 2007

Picon Punch

I've been working on a bitters recipe lately, for the upcoming Bitters Exchange (more details to come). My underground lab has been full of strange herbs and spices including Bitter Orange, gentian, cinchona and even tonka bean. I've even been combing the local forests for some artemisia californica for someone else's bitters recipe.

This Month's Mixology Monday is hosted by Gabriel over at cocktailnerd. The theme is "fizz." Since I've been preoccupied with bitters, I thought I'd cover a traditional basque fizz, the Picon Punch.

One of the key ingredients in the original recipe is Amer Picon, a type of bitters based on bitter orange and gentian. Amer Picon is no longer widely available, at least in it's original form. It seems at some point in the past, the Amer picon went from 78 proof to 39 proof. The best substitute for the original Amer Picon is Torani Amer. The consensus view seems to be that the Torani product is more like traditional Amer Picon than the current version Amer Picon. The Torani product seems to be more widely available as well.

Picon Punch

2 ounces Torani Amer
2 - 3 dashes of real grenadine
Soda water
Lemon peel

Dash some real pomegranate grenadine into a tall glass. Swirl to coat the glass and fill with ice. Add 2 ounces of Torani Amer and top off with 1 - 2 ounces soda. Twist a large swath of lemon peel over the top.

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Blogger The Opinionated Alchemist said...

This sounds like a very straightforward drink - I like it much!
The grenadine and soda combination and then the Amer? It is a kind of highball for me... and I love highballs!


Dominik MJ - the opinionated alchemist

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