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.

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