July 3, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
3/4 oz. amaretto
Stir over ice in a small high-ball glass.
Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Disaronno amaretto. I would describe this drink as a Bourbon version of a Rusty Nail, and as such, I really liked it. The amaretto offered up it’s classic white wedding cake vibe, while the Bourbon brought its usual mild spice and vanilla notes. This makes an excellent after dinner drink.
Disaronno claims its “originale” secret formula is unchanged from the year 1525 when a church in Saronno, Italy, commissioned artist Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils, to paint their sanctuary with frescoes. As the church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Luini needed to depict the Madonna, but was in need of a model. He found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper, who became his model and (in most versions) lover. Out of gratitude and affection, the woman wished to give him a gift. Her simple means did not permit much, so she steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented the resulting concoction to a touched Luini. There is little to substantiate this lovely tale, but the legend holds a sentimental place in Saronno culture.
Bonam sanitatem! (Latin)