TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
MAKES: 1 drink
In 1845, Ettore Zucca introduced his rich, rhubarb-based amaro in Milan. It became popular at the famous Caffè Miani in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele—so popular that the caffè became known as Zucca in Galleria.
The Criterium cocktail hails from Red Hook, a waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn. St. John Frizell, owner of the culinary outpost Fort Defiance, balances Zucca with the tang of grapefruit and a refreshing spritz of soda water to commemorate the popular Red Hook Criterium bicycle race.
- 1 1/2 ounces Zucca amaro
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce gin
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- Soda water
- 1 (1/2-inch-wide) strip of grapefruit zest
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add amaro, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, gin and sugar. Shake well and strain into a highball glass with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with grapefruit zest.
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