Thursday, January 10, 2013
Cocktail Wednesdays: Attilio
The other day, at one of our favorite local Italian restaurants, Scott tried a drink special they called Attilio, a combination of cognac and Drambuie. He is a big fan of the Rusty Nail, which is equal parts scotch and Drambuie, which led him to pick this particular drink. He enjoyed it quite a lot, and was determined to look it up and mix it again a few days later. This is when we found that Attilio appears not to be the name of a standard cocktail, but was probably selected by the restaurant. It appears that the drink without ice but with the same proportions we finally settled on may be known as a Drambuie Snifter.
Saint Attilio was one of the legendary martyrs of the Theban Legion, and is venerated in the area of Trino Vercellese, in Piedmont, north-west Italy. Additionally, Attilio di Fabrizzio is a renowned Italian chef. Either of these may have been the inspiration for this drink's name.
2 oz Cognac
1 oz Drambuie
Stir over ice in a rocks glass. and serve.
The verdict: As I already indicated, this is one that we enjoyed. Scott even said that he likes it better than a Rusty Nail. At just 1/3 Drambuie, its intense flavor is tempered. It's an unusual alcohol, with an herbal flavor, recalling some types of bitters, but also including honey and quite a bit of sweetness.