Inspired by a cocktail from New York City bartender Natasha David, the crimson-colored Tarocco Spritz is a variation on the Sicilian Tarocco Orange, often referred to as the “half-blood orange.” A mixed-heritage cocktail, this drink has a bumped-up base of gin to match the vibrant bitter aperitivo liqueur Cappelletti. The drink’s acidity comes courtesy of blood orange, lemon juice, and prosecco, bound together by the unlikely addition of vanilla, which complements Cappelletti’s notes of spice and oxidation.
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce Cappelletti
- 3/4 ounce fresh blood orange juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce vanilla syrup
- 2 ounces prosecco
Add the gin, Cappelletti, orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain over fresh ice, top with the prosecco, and add the garnish.