Nocino Old Fashioned

Rye whiskey, amaro, and an herbal alpine liqueur combine in this chocolate-scented cocktail.

The Nocino old fashioned served at Houston’s Rosie Cannonball
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On the menu at The Chalet at Rosie Cannonball in Houston, this wintry old fashioned variation layers rye whiskey with a woody, gently bitter, traditional Austrian walnut liqueur called Nux Alpina Nocino—balanced by the fragrant alpine botanical-based Italian Amaro Nonino. The finishing touch, however, is the addition of cocoa bitters, which lends a warm, nutty quality to the cocktail.

Equipment

Nocino Old Fashioned
Spicy, herbal, and bittersweet, an aromatic old fashioned cocktail riff from Houston’s Rosie Cannonball gets its hint of chocolate-y depth from a dash of cocoa bitters.
Yield: serves 1
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 34 oz. rye whiskey
  • 14 oz. Nux Alpina Nocino
  • 2 bar spoons Amaro Nonino
  • 3-4 dashes Angostura Cocoa Bitters
  • 1 bar spoon turbinado sugar
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish
  • Sprig of fresh herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the rye, Nux Alpina Nocino, Amaro Nonino, bitters, and sugar. Stir until well-chilled, then strain into a rocks glass over a large cube of fresh ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a festive herb of your choice.
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