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Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: Casanova Cocktail


The sixth cocktail in our series highlighting the cocktails to be featured at Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano at Tales of the Cocktail is the Casanova Cocktail featuring Varnelli Anice.


This cocktail brilliantly pairs Varnelli’s Anice liqueur against pear flavored vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, and creole bitters. It is as refreshing as it sounds.

Be sure to try it at the Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano event Wed 7/17 at Tales of the Cocktail.

¾ oz. (22ml) Varnelli Anice
1 ½ oz. (45ml) Pear-flavored Vodka
½ oz. (15ml) Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz. (30ml) Fresh Lime Juice
3 Dashes Creole Bitters
2 Wedges of Bartlett Pear

Method: In a mixing glass place the pear wedges and muddled them. Add the rest of ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish: Dehydrated pear slice and star anise floating atop.


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