Modern Picon Punch

Modern Picon Punch
Amer Depot, an American-made version of France’s Amer Picon bitter, and Spanish brandy are combined with the usual grenadine and soda water in this riff on Nevada’s classic Picon Punch.Eva Kolenko

This recipe is an updated take on Picon Punch, a boozy cocktail traditionally made with an obscure French bitter called Amer Picon. Originally brought to Nevada by Basque immigrants in the late 19th century, the aperitif is no longer exported to the U.S., and has spawned many local replicas as a result. Anamarie Lopategui, co-owner of Ogi Deli in Elko, uses one in her punch— the orange-heavy Amer Depot—and adds a Spanish brandy to highlight the Spanish connection.

Equipment

Modern Picon Punch
This riff on Picon Punch, a boozy cocktail traditionally made with an obscure French bitter called Amer Picon, calls for a Nevada-made version of the aperitif and a Spanish brandy.
Yield: makes 1 drink
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ oz. grenadine
  • 1½ oz. Amer Depot
  • Soda water
  • 1 tsp. Spanish brandy, such as Torres 10
  • 1 lemon slice, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a stemless glass filled with ice, add the grenadine and swirl the glass briefly. Add the Amer Depot, top with soda water, and stir briefly to combine. Carefully pour the brandy on top as a “floater,” garnish with a lemon slice, and serve immediately.