1870 Bitter Aperitivo

Meletti

APPELLATION

Adriatic Coast, Italy

 

1870 Bitter Aperitivo

Meletti 1870 is a traditional Italian aperitivo. Three separate distillates: sweet orange, bitter orange, and a spice and herb infusion, are blended with pure spirits to create a mildly bitter, yet refreshing aperitivo. The impressively complex flavor profile starts with sweet citrus, moves through a bitter middle, and finishes with gentian, coriander, cinnamon, and clove notes. Traditionally enjoyed with a splash of club soda or mixed with vermouth and soda to make an Americano, 1870 also lends itself to many other interesting cocktail applications.

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Saveur

“Meletti has real weight and a fascinating array of flavors-which makes it ideal in cocktails that can play off that complexity .
. . . Meletti is a solid substitute for Campari.”

C. Jones, June 2016

Tasting Panel - 92 pts

Sweet, anise bitter nose; smooth and fruity with ripe herbs and sweet, bitter flavors; lush, long and rich; similar to but softer and smoother than Campari.

A. Dias Blue, October 2015

1870 Spritz

• 1 oz Meletti 1870
• LaLuca Prosecco

Pour 1870 into champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Garnish with orange horses neck garnish or hibiscus flower in syrup.


1870 Spritz

2 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

3 oz LaLuca Prosecco

1 oz club soda

 

Add all ingredients into a highball with ice. Garnish with orange horseneck or hibiscus flower in syrup.


Americano

1 oz Meletti Amaro

1 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

Club soda

 

Add first two ingredients to a highball glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with orange wedge.


Ascoli Negroni

• 1 oz Botanical Gin
• 1 oz Meletti Amaro
• 1 oz Meletti 1870
• 3 dashes orange bitters

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.


Bitter & Angry

1.5 oz VS Cognac

1 oz Triple Sec

.5 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

 

Put all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir, and strain into rocks glass with ice, or a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


Cardinale

1.5 oz gin

1 oz dry vermouth

.75 oz Meletti 1870

 

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.


Drunk on Christmas Morning

• 1 oz Meletti 1870 Bitter Aperitivo
• 1 oz Rebellion Bourbon
• .5 oz Shipwreck Coffee Rum
• 5 Dashes Abotts Bitters

Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.


Drunk on Christmas Morning

1 oz Shipwreck Coffee Rum
1 oz Rebellion Bourbon
1 oz Meletti 1870
.5 oz espresso

Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into rocks glass with one large cube. Garnish with orange twist.


Gin N' Juice

1 oz. botanical gin

.5 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

3 oz grapefruit juice

5 dashes orange bitters

Splash club soda

 

Pour into highball glass with ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.


La Marche Negroni

1 oz gin

1 oz Meletti Amaro

1 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

 

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Flame expressed orange peel over drink.


LaLuca Ruby Red Spritz

2 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

3 oz LaLuca Prosecco

 

Add all ingredients into a chilled champagne flute. Garnish with grapefruit horseneck.


Magic Carpet

.75 oz orange vodka

.75 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

.75 oz blood orange liqueur

3 oz hibiscus tea

1 oz blood orange juice

 

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a highball with fresh ice. Garnish with hibiscus flower in syrup, blood orange wheel, or dehydrated blood orange.


Oaxacan Negroni

1 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal

1 oz Meletti Amaro

1 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

 

Add ingredients into shaker with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.


Old Pal

2 oz Rebellion Rye
1 oz dry vermouth
1 oz Meletti 1870
Orange twist

Add all ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir to combine. Strain into chilled coupe and garnish with an orange twist.


Penelope’s Improved Décolletage

.75 oz Meletti Fernet

.75 oz Meletti 1870

.75 oz blanco tequila

.75 oz sweet vermouth

 

Add all ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into chilled Nick and Nora glass. Express and discard orange peel into glass.


Poisoned Apple

1 oz Lairds BIB Apple Brandy

.75 oz crème de cacao

.75 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

3 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

 

Stir with ice. Strain and garnish with apple slice, lemon twist, or shaved dark chocolate.


Red Sky at Dawn

.75 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

.5 oz blood orange liquor

3 oz strong hibiscus tea

1 oz blood orange juice

 

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a highball with fresh ice. Garnish with blood orange wedge or hibiscus flower.


Sailor Be Warned

1 oz dark rum

.5 oz Meletti 1870 Aperitivo

.5 oz ginger liquor

.25 oz fresh lime juice

 

Shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with piece of candied ginger.