The first time I ever tried amoretto was in the south of France at The Hotel Belle Rives in The Bar Fitzgerald while reading “Tender is the Night”. (Yep, I used to be Gwyneth. Then I had a kid and started drinking wine spritzers in my backyard.) My (then) boyfriend and his family would go to the bar and drink scotch after dinner. It looked so romantic, in that old bar with that brown liquid melting over ice. Very “Diver-esque” (the main characters in “Tender”). But, my experience with scotch is not a good one. So, someone recommended I try amoretto rocks, specifically Disaronno. It was love at first sip. It was sweet and nutty and (esthetically) old school. I felt very fancy.
I was originally just going to post about that, but then I had had an epiphany with some mint. I started mixing and playing and I came up with this recipe. I brought it to my upstairs neighbors to taste-test and both of them kept repeating, “Oh, that’s delicious. That’s DELICIOUS.” So, the name was born. It’s a perfect cocktail for a warm afternoon. Grab a Fitzgerald gem and cozy up.
2 ounces Disaronno amoretto
1/4 fresh mandarin orange (or a small slice of orange)
5-6 mint leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime
Muddle mint and mandarin in a rocks glass. Fill glass with ice. Add Disaronno and top off with sparkling water. Add fresh lime and stir. Taste. If too sweet, add a scoch more lime until the drink is balanced.