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.
2 ounces Torani Amer
2 - 3 dashes of real grenadine