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Designing a liqueur

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COLUMN WRITTEN BY PHILLIP SILVERSTONE

Two of my loves (excluding my wife and Charlize Theron) are drinks with alcohol and Italian fashion designers.
Roberto Cavalli makes some nifty threads that exceed my credit card limit, and DiSaronno is one of the most exquisite liqueurs I’ve had a love affair with forever.
DiSaronno and Cavalli have come together for one heck of a package. Cavalli obviously said to DiSaronno: “I know you, you know me.”
The “DISARONNO wears CAVALLI” (approximately $24.99) partnership is so brilliant that I couldn’t resist taking the photo accompanying this column to prove it! There are six designs, but probably the most recognizable is the one I received, adorned with a leopard print. Listeners of my weekly show know how excited I get over labels, and about 98 percent of all the drink labels I see are dreadful. Well, this design is super amazing and gets my design of the year award, if such an award existed. It is awesome. It is a perfectly packaged libation for holiday gifting, and because it’s a limited edition, better grab a bottle sooner rather than later. But wait. There’s more — as they say in those wretchedly camp infomercials. Not only do you get Signor Cavalli’s label, but you also get the elixir that’s in the bottle.
According to the company, and for those of us in the know, it’s the stuff of legend, that this brand’s Amaretto was first introduced in the mid-16th century, but it was about 100 years ago that the product was commercially sold. To this day I haven’t been able to get anybody to spill the beans on the recipe, unless I’m prepared to die after they confide in me. I’m not that desperate for the recipe!
Since childhood, I’ve been an enormous fan of marzipan, especially growing up in England when Christmas meals weren’t complete without marzipan in the cakes. Marzipan is made from almonds … and why am I telling you this? Because DiSaronno, the liquor formerly known as Amaretto di Saronno, has a distinct marzipan flavor that I absolutely adore. I can tell you that it has some apricot kernel oil and the essence of more than a dozen herbs and fruits infused into it.
To celebrate the designer and liqueur collaboration DiSaronno’s US Director of Brand Ambassadors, Paul Sevigny and DiSaronno’s UK Brand Ambassador, Rod Eslamieh have proven yet again that the “special relationship” is alive and well and the US/UK duo have crafted a “DiSaronno wears Cavalli” cocktail, a unique twist on the DiSaronno Sour. Fortunately, this is not labeled “top secret” and the recipe will not self-destruct after 30 seconds.
And, I might even suggest enjoying several glasses of this sumptuous cocktail next month while watching 007 once again crossing paths with Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, otherwise known as SPECTRE, once lead by Bond’s evil nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
DiSaronno Wears Cavalli sour
1 ½ ounces DISARONNO
1 ounces Lemon Juice
½ ounces Simple Syrup
1 ½ ounces Prosecco
10 dashes Angostura Bitters
In a mixing glass with ice, shake DISARONNO, lemon and simple syrup. Strain into wine glass. Top with prosecco and stir. Float 10 dashes of Angostura Bitters on top. Garnish with an orange slice.
It’s shaken, not stirred. How fitting! As fitting as a Cavalli suit. I’m so glad the designer and the liqueur company finally “bonded.”
More information is available at www.DISARONNO.com
Cheers!

Photo submitted by Phillip Silverstone

Photo submitted by Phillip Silverstone

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