Time for a Café Marasca Cocktail!
If you enjoy quality roasted espresso, sour cherry liqueur or bold rye then imagine all three joined together.
Luxardo Sangue Morlacco sour cherry liqueur is excellent. For those only familiar with the classic Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, this is a markedly different expression. It is much closer to the popular Cherry Heering than the potent perfume of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. Sangue Morlacco is made from the Luxardo family’s own proprietary marasca cherry trees. These 25,000 plus trees are also used to create their Maraschino liqueur.
Sangue Morlacco is aged for two years in oak. It is a deep ruby-red, unlike the clear Maraschino liqueur and the flavor is considerably less sweet.
The Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio gave the liqueur its curious name in 1919.
D’Annuncio christened the liqueur with the name “Sangue Morlacco” (Morlacco’s Blood) in honor of the Morlaccos. These fierce warriors of Dalmatia fought for the Republic of Venice and defended their homeland against the Turks.
D’Annunzio’s signature is found on every bottle, along with his “baptism” quote.
The bold Alberta Premium Rye acts as a perfect counterpoint of dry rich spice, and the espresso compliments the flavors of fruit and spice. The amount of espresso can be adjusted to taste. Bitters are a fun variant for simple cocktails like this.
Bittered Sling Plum Rootbeer bitters add some delightful notes on the first nosing and continue to express complexity on the finish of the Café Marasca Cocktail.
1 part Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
1 part Alberta Premium Rye
1/2 part Fine quality Espresso
4 drops Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer bitters
Combine ingredients in mixing vessel. Add ice and stir. Once chilled, strain into rocks glass over a large ice-cube. Sip, savor and enjoy.
This digestif style cocktail is great for getting cozy on the coldest nights. No rules against drinking it year round though.
For best results, pair this cocktail with some dark chocolate.