Whiskey and Nero d’Avola Cocktail

The whiskey renaissance cocktail
Photo by David Prince

Courtesy of Nicholas Murray, director of beverage and food, Renaissance Hotels, Toledo, OH

Native to Sicily, the Nero d’Avola grape produces wines with a dark, robust character. It’s the right choice for this variation on the New York Sour. A float of the full-bodied red wine adds acidity and a striking ruby hue.

Four Simple Italian Wine Cocktails
  • 2 ounces Bulleit Rye Whiskey
  • ¼ ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Nero d’Avola
  • Brandied cherry, for garnish

In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine first four ingredients. Shake well, and strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Gently pour Nero d’Avola over back side of spoon to float atop drink. Garnish with brandied cherry.

Published on March 22, 2019
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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