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From the Jungle to the Cocktail: The Amazing History of the Pineapple

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Monkey Shoulder Global Brand Ambassador Dean Callan on his passion for pineapples.

I’m on a mission… to re-instate the pineapple in bars and on cocktail menus across the world.
My quest was inspired by a visit to Cienfuegos, a brilliantly garish Cuban-inspired rum joint hidden away above a sandwich shop in New York’s East Village.

A friend and I ordered the Isle of Manhattan Fizz, a rum and gin punch with coconut, lime, soda and one of my all-time favourite cocktail ingredients – pineapple.

It got me thinking – why don’t we see many pineapples in bars these days? How did this fruit, once considered a symbol of status and hospitality, become so neglected by bartenders?

A few months later, the subject of pineapples came up again in conversation with my good friend, Jake Burger, the man behind the infamous Pina Colada pineapple-inspired Penis Enlarger cocktail. As the drinks flowed, we made a pact – let’s bring the pineapple back.

The next day the words of the great Ernest Hemmingway were ringing round my head – “Always do sober what you said you’d do when drunk” – and our mission to promote pineapples was under way.

Fast-forward to today and we’ll be singing the praises of this wonderful fruit at Hotel Monteleone on the opening day of Tales of The Cocktail.

Since tribesmen first discovered pineapples in the Brazilian jungle thousands of years ago and fermented them to make their own early alcoholic drinks, this tropical fruit has travelled on an amazing journey.

We’ll look at how Columbus first encountered pineapples in the 15th century and how this strange-looking fruit captivated his sailors who would often disappear into the jungle for days to gorge on them.

We’ll explore the little-known fact that, as pineapples were shipped back to Europe and America, this rare tropical fruit became a prized symbol of hospitality and status. And how it gradually slipped from the top of the food chain at the hands of the canned food industry.

There’ll be cocktails too of course – we’ll be creating some classic and new pineapple-inspired drinks to show how to make the best of its flavours.

And if you’ve ever wondered what the story is behind cheese and pineapple on a stick – we’ll tell you all about it (warning: this may involve the use of swords!).

Come and join us on our mission to support the not-so-humble pineapple.

Dean Callan and Jake Burger will present ‘The Pineapple, a Symbol of Hospitality’ at Tales of The Cocktail at the Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone, Wednesday 17th July, 12:30pm-2pm.

Click here to buy a ticket for the event.


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Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: Casanova Cocktail

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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.

Varnelli

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.

Casanova
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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Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: The Moretta Cocktail

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The fifth cocktail in our series highlighting the cocktails to be featured at Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano at Tales of the Cocktail is The Moretta Cocktail featuring Luxardo Maraschino.

Luxardo

The Moretta Cocktail combines equal proportions of Luxardo Maraschino, Calvado, Fruit Cup N°1 Liqueur, and Dry Oloroso-style Sherry, with a dash of celery bitters, creating a truly unique cocktail.

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

The Moretta Cocktail
¾ oz. (22ml) Luxardo Maraschino
¾ oz. (22ml) Calvados
¾ oz. (22ml) Fruit Cup N°1 Liqueur
¾ oz. (22ml) Dry Oloroso-style Sherry
Dash of Celery Bitters – optional

Method: Pour the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a coupe glass.

Garnish: Apple, cucumber and sprig of mint.


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Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: The Disguise

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The fourth cocktail in our series highlighting the cocktails to be featured at Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano at Tales of the Cocktail is The Disguise.

Amaro Lucano

The Disguise combines Amaro Lucano with raspberry liqueur and pinot noir for a cocktail that is both herbaceous and bright. Amaro Lucano is an amaro made with more than 30 herbs and dates back to 1894.

This cocktail works beautifully year round and is a must try cocktail at the Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano event on Wed 7/17 at Tales of the Cocktail.

The Disguise
1 oz. (30ml) Amaro Lucano
3/4 oz. (22ml) Raspberry Liqueur
3 oz. (60 ml) Pinot Noir
1/4 oz (7.5ml) Lemon Juice

Method: Roll ingredients with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a wine glass.

Garnish: Fresh pineapple pieces and kafir lime leaf.


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Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: The Ridotto

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The third cocktail in our series highlighting the cocktails to be featured at Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano at Tales of the Cocktail is the Ridotto.

Toschi

The Ridotto
3⁄4 oz. (22ml) Fragolí Toschi
1 1⁄2 oz. (45ml) Berry-flavored Vodka infused with Rhubarb
1 oz. (30ml) Fresh Lime-based Sweet ‘n Sour
1 Barspoon of Balsamic Vinegar
3 Whole Strawberries sliced

Method: Place the sliced strawberries in a mixing glass and muddle. Add the rest of ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish: Fresh basil leaf.



Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: Arlecchino

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Our next featured cocktail to be found at Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano event at Tales of the Cocktail is the Arlecchino cocktail.

Pallini

Arlecchino
1 oz. (30ml) Pallini Limoncello
1 oz. (30ml) Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino
½ oz. (15ml) Bitter Apéritif
Top up with Bitter Lemon Soda

Method: Build drink over ice into
a highball glass. Stir and serve.

Garnish: Orange and grapefruit
swaths with lime zest


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Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: Venetian Punch

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Heading to Tales of the Cocktail? Here’s one of the cocktails you can look forward to at the Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano event.

Nardina

VENETIAN PUNCH
(4 servings)
8 oz. (240ml) Nardini Grappa
8 oz. (240ml) Sparkling Moscato
4 oz. (120ml) Mandarin Juice
4 oz. (120ml) Lime Juice
2 oz. (60ml) Roasted Pineapple Syrup
5 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters
5 Dashes of Orange Flower Water

Method: Mix the ingredients (except the Moscato) in a punch bowl and let it sit for half an hour. Add chilled Moscato and small block of ice, then serve.

Garnish: Strawberry slices, pineapple and mandarin wheels.


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Tales of the Cocktail Event Spotlight: Aperitivo Italiano

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Tales of the Cocktail Event Spotlight: Aperitivo Italiano

An event Mutineer is looking forward to at Tales of the Cocktail is Aperitivo Italiano. The Fleur De Lis Room at the Royal Sonesta Hotel will be transformed into a Venetian Carnevale with some of Italy’s best bartenders standing at the ready to whet your appetite for all that is to come at Tales.

The event is hosted by Spirit of Italy, an organization comprised of eight companies that was founded in 2011 by some of Italy’s finest producers of spirits, amari, liqueurs, and aperitifs who have been in the business for generations. The companies represented include Amaro Lucano, Luxardo, Moccia, Nardini, Pallini, Toschi, Varnelli and Cocchi. In the days leading up to Tales we will highlight a cocktail from each brand.

Below is the official event information:

WHAT: Aperitivo Italiano
WHERE: Fleur De Lis Room at the Royal Sonesta Hotel
WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 4:30-6:00pm
Complimentary Venetian Carnevale masks will be provided to guests.

“Engage in a Venetian Carnevale experience with the family-owned Italian Amari and liqueur producers of The Spirit of Italy. Led by Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits; world-renowned Italian mixologists of the caliber of Mauro Mahjoub, Luca Cordiglieiri, Jacopo Falleni, Davide Zanardo, William Perbellini, Giovanni and Teresa DePergola, Livio Lauro and Simone Caporale will prepare aperitivi cocktails featuring Amaro Lucano, Luxardo, Moccia, Nardini, Pallini, Toschi, Varnelli and Cocchi. The owners of these iconic brands will be in attendance, making this tasting the perfect way to whet your appetite for the many Tales of the Cocktail festivities to come.”


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