Fior di Sicily

Fior di Sicily

A heavy amaro, a bitter orange aperitif, a really good vermouth, and elderflower liqueur, all mixed together in a glass. This didn’t sound like a very likely combo when I first heard it, but when Jon put the drink together and gave me a sip, I was amazed. The word that comes to mind is comforting: sweet, spicy and deep. This is a drink that’s going to make a lot of appearances next fall. It’s definitely more than the sum of its parts.

Fior di Sicily

Fior di Sicily

From Left Coast Libations by Ted Munat and Michael Lazar

  • 3/4 oz Averna amaro
  • 3/4 oz Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 3/4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • orange peel for garnish
  • Combine the spirits in a mixing glass, stir with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Flame the orange peel over the drink, then add the peel to the glass.

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    3 thoughts on “Fior di Sicily

    1. You really inspire and educate me with your cocktails. They usually have liquors in them I haven’t heard of and when you say things like “a really good vermouth” I sit up a little straighter and take notice.

      1. Glad you like the cocktail posts! We were given a taste of Carpano Antica vermouth at one of our favorite Seattle bars, and immediately sought out our own bottle (our local liquor stores don’t carry it). It has a really pronounced flavor, very deep, and we love it. We still use Dolin for a lot of mixing, but Carpano when we want that particular taste.

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