When it comes to new products – or at least products which are new to me – I feel like the best thing to do is find an approximation of what its similar to, and swap it out for other ingredients in existing cocktails. 

True, this isn’t a tried a tested method as to finding out whether a new product (or style of modifier) is any good. Still, its a start.

With Faretti Biscotti Liqueur, the same rule applies. 

Clearly its not an Amaretto, although the fact that its sweet AF and tastes kinda like almonds means that the comparison to its older Italian brother is probably the best way to go about finding out the best way to use this delicious but uncommon liquid.

The Scozzesi, which is a Italian reference to the people of Scotland, is an nothing more than a classic Godfather with one or two things swapped out. The Scotch stays in place, the Italian reference stays in place (even if it isn’t gangster related), and so does the almond flavor, albeit in a slightly different format. Peach bitters are used to perpetuate that stone fruit/almond situation.

To get Faretti you might have to order it online, or go to a specialist liquor store. But if you like Amaretto (who doesn’t !?) and want something slightly different and cool for your back bar at home, it’s definitely worth seeking out. 

The Scozzesi
  • 2oz / 60ml Blended or Highland Malt Scotch
  • 0.5oz / 15ml Faretti Biscotti Liqueur
  • 3 Dashes Peached Bitters

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass. Add one large jumbo ice cube, stir 5/6 times and garnish with an orange twist.

Tom Lasher-Walker, Fresh Kills Bar, Brooklyn, 2016

NB – A blended scotch (like Famous Grouse, a blended malt (like Monkey Shoulder) or even a Highland malt (like Aberfeldy) are fine liquids to use. Feel free to go for something a littler smokier if that’s your intention, although this drink was originally meant to be an entry-level situation to either scotch cocktails or old fashioned, depending on which side of the spectrum you’re coming from.

If you doin’t have peach bitters then orange bitters are fine, although it these, along with the Feretti, that makes this drink that extra special.

 

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