Meletti cocktails. The thread.
Inspired by the recent discussion of various amari, I thought I'd start a thread focusing on Meletti. Meletti has a chocolate, herbal, complex flavor, with accessible amount of bitter and sweet. My mind turned to the Twentieth Century Cocktail and since I lacked Creme de Cacao, the substitution of Meletti was perfect.
Twentieth Century Cocktail (Meletti)
1 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano (or Lillet)
1/2 oz Amaro (Meletti)
3/8 oz Lemon juice
1 ds Xocolatl Mole bitters (Bittermen's)
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail
I thought it was fantastic. Both my wife and I rated it 5/5. There is just enough acid to balance the sugar in the other two sweet ingredients. The Bittermen's Xocolati Mole bitters punches up the chocolate flavor a touch.
Anyone else with some good Meletti cocktails?
Edit: Chowhound seems to have some formatting issue with parentheses. Odd...
I can't vouch for it personally but I did run across this:
"Called the Marche Shimmer, it contains Meletti, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and prosecco, served over ice in a rocks glass. He says it is one of their most popular house cocktails."
and this one, with rye
Dutch Angle courtesy of Colin at Franklin Mortgage & Investment, Philadelphia:
1.25 oz genever (Bols)
.75 oz Meletti
.75 oz Pedro Ximenez (PX) Sherry
2 dashes Wormwood Bitters (Cocktail Kingdom)
Stir and serve over large rock in DOF glass - generously express (flamed) orange peel and discard