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Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

As we continue our new normal, we have to thank the spirits industry for continuing to keep us sane. With the stress of the pandemic, unrest, and the election, a delicious cocktail can calm the nerves. We gleefully raise a glass whenever there is a new wine or spirits launch. It means the industry is surviving and people are still gainfully employed. It also means after a stressful day, week, month (this year as a while), there’s something delicious to look forward to. Which is why we’re super excited about the distribution agreement between Vision Wine & Spirits, and Slocum & Sons in Connecticut, and Winebow in New York and New Jersey. This agreement brings the rich and complex offerings of Del Professore Chinato, Aperitivo, and Bitters Vermouth to in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

Named after Jeremy Thomas, the original mixologist, and cocktail pioneer, aka “The Professor”, Del Professore Vermouth is one of few vermouths available made solely from wine and ingredients produced in-house. This ensures the intensity and authenticity of the aromas. The makers oversee the entire process from grape and herbs to the finished product. The one thing that stays with us about Del Professore’s range of liqueurs is the nose.  The aroma of each varietal captivates your senses; you can taste them on your palate just by inhaling their delicious layers of flavors and spices. Not a big surprise for an aromatized wine; these ready-to-drink Aperitivos are perfect for those who love a mix of earthy bitterness, sweetness, and robust flavors.

“I love preserving and enhancing the aromas, colors, and flavors of the raw materials I work with, just as I love waiting patiently for them to mature naturally,” says Carlo Quaglia, Distiller, and liquor maker.

The full lineup of Del Professore products includes Classico, Rosso, Bitter, Aperitivo, and Chinato Vermouth. These high-quality, award-winning vermouths are delicious in cocktails but are especially delicious served chilled and neat. Although they offer five varieties, we’re highlighting the Chinato, Aperitivo, and Bitters Vermouth. Let’s get to know these enticing liqueurs.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

The Del Professore Chinato Vermouth combines the delicate bitterness and fortifying virtues of Cinchona Calisaya with the classic sweetness and aromas of vermouth, and Barbera wine to create a beverage that is perfect as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Fans of sweet vermouth will love this varietal because boasts just a touch of bitterness.

Speaking of bitter, the Del Professore Bitter is crafted from an exclusive recipe that includes a fresh bitter orange peel infusion. If you’re a gin fanatic, this is the Del Professore for you. This unique blend creates a unique spirit with a natural ruby red color and juniper, cinnamon, and other spice aromas. You’ll enjoy the hint of pepper, especially complimentary if enjoying a thick, juicy steak. It also boasts the typical flavors of citrus, cascarilla, rhubarb, and gentian on the palate.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

If you’re a fan of aperitivo like we are, you will adore the classic Del Professore Aperitivo liqueur. A fine craft infusion of mandarin, lemon, gentian, and other spices; this naturally colored liqueur releases intense aromas of fresh citrus, sage, and flowers with a hint of gentian and other delicately bitter herbs. Created form an original Italian recipe, it boasts potent, long-lasting flavors, well-balanced alcohol, and a delicately bitter aftertaste. A perfect sipping drink to enjoy if you’re pairing with salty snacks.

 

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

We have enjoyed sipping and indulging in the scent of Earl Grey and have been fans of bergamot-scented candles for as long as we can remember. There is just something about the sultry fragrance of this citrus fruit. The combination of its citrus, spicy, sweet, and floral scents are hauntingly therapeutic to the senses. Whenever we need to relax and unwind, we enjoy some Earl Grey tea and a bergamot candle for some aromatherapy.  We’ve now added a third option of this potent healing fragrance, in the form of a premium Italian Bergamot liqueur – OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur is another premium Italian liqueur that’s crafted in small batches; much like Jovis Limoncello, we highlighted previously. It is another must-have available to us thanks to importer, Originals Imports. This enticing, premium liqueur is made purely with Bergamot oranges from Calabria. For those not familiar, Calabria, Italy is the birthplace of the most exquisite Bergamot oranges. In fact, more than 80 percent of all the world’s bergamot oranges are found there.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

The benefits of enjoying a Bergamot liqueur, like OTTO, are incredibly rewarding. It helps in mood elevation, energizing the body, soothes an upset digestive system, and helps to relieve anxiety and depression. We also love the fact that OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur boasts an intense, yet clear fragrance and unique bitter-sweet, citrus tasting notes.

The farm-to-bottle liqueur is handcrafted and bottled by Calabro Beverage in Cariati, Italy. This family production is focused on liqueurs made only with their own grown herbs and fruits. You can see where OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur is produced by putting the coordinates printed on each bottle in google maps.

Premium Bergamotto Liqueur

OTTO’s ingredients include premium alcohol, water, and sugar. It contains no stabilizers, artificial components, or colorants. It features 30% Alcohol by Volume (60 proof) and can be enjoyed sipped neat or on the rocks; OTTO also makes a perfect base for delicious cocktails like these two below:

For Gin Lovers #2

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

1.5 oz gin
0.75 oz OTTO
0.5 oz lemon juice
Garnish with lemon peel. Stir with ice, strain, and serve.

OTTO Spritzer #1

OTTO Spritzer #1

2 oz OTTO
4 oz seltzer
1.5 oz lime juice
Build in a tall glass with lots of ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Available in a 750mL bottle, OTTO is available for $34.99 – $39.99 at Gotham Wines and Liquors, K&D Wines & Spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box, Yolo Wine & Spirits, Ambassador Wines & Spirits, Sussex Wines & Spirits, ShopRite Wines and Spirits, and more. You can also enjoy OTTO at the following restaurants/bars in NYC: Sweetwater Social, Numero 28 Pizzeria, Taverna Kyclades, Taboon, and Lucciola Italian Restaurant. For locations near you, head over to www.originalsimports.com/shop.

Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar Returns to NYC

As the saying goes, “everything old is new again”, and this perfectly describes Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar, a celebration of the 20s-inspired cocktail bar. We had the pleasure of attending the Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar’s return to New York, the final leg on the multi-city tour. We were in for a night full of vintage, apothecary cocktails (slightly modernized) created by the event’s mixologist, Kenyon Aubin Oster.

Everyone loves a great pop-up bar and Eataly USA brought the best of vintage cocktails and the amazing The Great Bitter Bar, across the U.S.! Cocktail lovers were able to follow the spirited “Grand Tour” to experience these exclusive signature cocktails created by Eataly and its bitter producers such as Fernet-Branca, who shares the values of tradition and quality as the eatery. Paired with some of Eataly’s most delicious pizzas, we enjoyed five amazing cocktails, Fernet-Branca-style.

Inspired by the roaring 20s and the Art Nouveau period, The Great Bitter Bar is a pop-up bar that will be hosted at all Eataly USA locations during the year. The menu is dedicated to vintage, apothecary cocktails with the iconic herbal flavors of Fernet-Branca, which has been crafted according to a secret family recipe in Milan since 1845. The Great Bitter Bar held its final pop-up bar experience in the Big Apple at Eataly NYC Downtown. The cocktails, pictured below, included the Ferneta-groni, the Toronto, Fernet Me Not, Fernet Cola, and the Milano 75.

While they were all unique and delicious in their own way, we had an absolute favorite. But first, let us tell you about each cocktail. We love Negroni (our Negroni Week activities prove that), so we love this more robust version which for lack of a better word, seemed more masculine than the classic Negroni; sweet cocktail fans will love the slight syrupy sweetness of the Toronto; love ginger beer? Then the Fernet Me Not is for you. We loved the refreshing effervescence and subtle sweetness of this cocktail; if you love a cocktail that really plays up the herbal-ness of Fernet-Branca, the Fernet Cola, made with the famed Italian cola, Mole Cola; lastly is the Milano 75, the Italian version of the French 75. This was our favorite cocktail by far; deliciousness in a glass and a cocktail we’d love to have again….soon.

The pop up launched at the beginning of this year at Eataly NYC Flatiron on January 29th and ran until February 11th. In Chicago, the bar made its Midwest debut from March 19th to April 1st; it was at Eataly in Boston from May 14th – 27th and Eataly L.A. took place from June 18th – June 30th.

Each location featured a specially crafted cocktail unique to that city. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ferneta-groni. The recipe for this not-so-classic take on the classic Negroni cocktail is below:

1 1/2oz of Malfy Gin Originale
1 1/2oz of Carpano Antica Formula
1 oz of Fernet-Branca
stirred, up

Italy to Brooklyn: Campari America Liqueurs Fall Cocktails at August Laura

So many wonderful alcohol and cocktail posts to do, and so little time. It’s been a tailspin of cocktail experiences over the past few weeks, it’s almost hard to keep up. we recently had the pleasure of experiencing a barrage of delicious Italian fall cocktails at the newly opened Italian cocktail bar, August Laura, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. What better spirits to celebrate this wonderful new Italian cocktail bar with than these Italian Campari America liqueurs: Campari, Aperol, Cynar, Frangelico, etc.

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To celebrate the fall season, we had a chance to indulge in a few of August Laura’s new fall cocktail offerings, all of which are made with the bitter liqueurs from the Campari America, all of which are authentic to Italy.

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We got to enjoy five Fall inspired Italian cocktails (their recipes are featured below): The Passport, Fall into Italy, Carciofi Shandy, Italian Bird, and So It Appears. These perfect seasonal cocktails feature several of the Campari America Liqueurs: Campari, an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water; Averna, a Sicilian Amaro that boasts a bittersweet taste, carrying hints of orange and licorice, balanced with notes of myrtle, juniper berries, rosemary and sage; Cynar, an artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur with a taste enriched by an infusion of 13 herbs and plants; and Aperol, a unique, bittersweet aperitif with a low alcohol content derived from a secret recipe.

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Italian Bird

.75 parts Campari
1.5 parts Appleton Rum
.5 parts Fino Sherry
.5 parts Honey Water
Pinch of Salt
Pineapple Sage
Garnish with an orange wedge

The Passport

1 part Campari
1 part White Vermouth
1 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 Lime
.5 Simple Syrup
Rhubarb Bitters
Top with soda, garnish with orange wedge and cucumbers

Fall into Italy

.75 parts Averna
.75 parts Cognac
.75 parts Appleton Rum
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 parts Simple Syrup
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Garnish with an orange wedge

Carciofi Shandy

1.5 parts Cynar
1 part Apple Cider
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Cinnamon Syrup
Top with Ginger Beer

So It Appears

1 part Aperol
1.5 parts Cinzano Prosecco
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Soda Water
.5 parts Vanilla Syrup
Muddled Pear Slices
Top with prosecco. Garnish with a thin slice of pear

To indulge yourself in these wonderful fall cocktails, head over to the August Laura Italian cocktail bar, located at 387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY. Are you a fan of Italian liqueurs? What are your thoughts on the Campari America liqueurs and these fall cocktails?