July 2010

Sorriso Cocktail

The whole of Francesco Lafranconi’s new libation is far greater than the sum of its parts photograph by BARTHOLOMEW COOKE

It takes a master alchemist, like the director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, to meld gin, vodka, sweet sherry and cherry brandy and create a cocktail that is at once complex and perfectly balanced.

1 ounce Absolut Pears vodka
1 ounce Plymouth gin
½ ounce Harveys Bristol Cream
½ ounce Luxardo Cherry Brandy
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Orange peel

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with one and a half cups of ice. Stir vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. Garnish with a spiral of orange peel.