This Frutta e Noci is an amazing gin cocktail that literally means fruit and nut in Italian, the birthplace of amaretto liqueur. The real power behind this drink is the gin, and boy howdy there’s a lot. But the subtle flavors of amaretto meld in nicely, especially if you let this cocktail take a minute to simmer down in your glass. Chances are you won’t be downing this powerful drink in one swoop, anyway.
The amaretto brings a large flavor game to this drink, combining cherry and almonds and rich sweetness, but not too much. It’s almost like liquid candy, in a very adult way. This is where those fruit and nut flavors come in.
Frutta e Noci Gin Cocktail
- 2 Oz. Gin Try a London dry
- 1 Oz. Amaretto liqueur
- .25 Oz. Homemade sour mix
- 2 Dashes Cherry bitters
- Combine all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Do the shaking thing.
- Strain into your coupe glass.
- Garnish with whatever you like, perhaps a dehydrated fruit wheel.
Notes on the Frutta e Noci Cocktail.
Did I mention that it’s BOLD? And delicious?
We tried making this too times – once with the local craft distiller’s amaretto from Mt. Defiance, and once with the most famous of all of the amaretto liqueurs, Disaronno. Both are good. The craft amaretto from Mt. Defiance has a more unique flavor, with a few more layers. The Disaronno is perhaps a bit too predictable for such an interesting drink? But use what you have!
We also used good ol’ Tanqueray 10 for the gin. Reliable, honest, and makes wonderful cocktails, especially when you want to highlight some other flavors. There’s no reason to bury your tastebuds in juniper for this drink, save that for another day.
The use of cherry bitters is really a good idea – this is what really makes the drink. I suppose you could play around with some other bitter flavors – chocolate? But the cherry just pairs so well with the amaretto! We used two dashes per drink, if you love cherry you could turn up the volume a bit.
I was fresh out of cherries to use as a garnish, so I just went with a dehydrated wheel. Makes things aromatic, that’s for sure. And it looks nice!