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Sun Catcher

Bartender Josh Alford channels Sardinia’s love of citrus to produce this effervescent libation. Photographs by Christopher Nelson

September 14, 2011

Sun Catcher
Toast the end of summer with Osteria la Bottiglia’s Sardinian Sun

Written by Jessica Kenny

In Italy, an osteria is a place where the owner “hosts” people. That was exactly what Charleston restaurateur Massimiliano Sarrocchi and his wife, Natasha, wanted to do in their latest concept, Osteria la Bottiglia. Modeled after a centuries-old restaurant in Rome, its wine-cellar atmosphere and regional recipes welcome guests to kick back and truly do as the Romans do—indulge in abundant spirits, food, and company.

When bartender Josh Alford joined the team in February, he concocted a menu of authentic but modern cocktail creations that exemplify Italy’s love of the sweet life. Their most popular drink, the Sardinian Sun, is a sunset-colored sight to behold. Aperol (a bitter aperitivo), pear vodka, rosemary simple syrup, and prosecco combine to form this simple, subtle libation, the perfect blend of bitter and sweet.

“Europeans—Italians especially—tend to enjoy bitter cocktails,” Alford says. “Americans like sweeter drinks, so I wanted to create something that balances the two tastes.” If you share the Italian affection for stronger bitter flavors, use Campari instead of Aperol, and should you choose to use plain vodka, add a touch more syrup to sweeten it. “I top the drink with prosecco, which also adds effervescence, a little sparkle in the mouth,” says Alford. Sip before dinner or pair with a light Caprese salad and toast to la dolce vita.

The Sardinian Sun
(Serves 1)
1 1/4 oz. pear vodka (Grey Goose or Effen Pear suggested)
1/2 oz. Aperol or Campari
1/2 oz. rosemary simple syrup (for the recipe, click here)
1 1/4 oz. pink grapefruit juice
Prosecco, brut preferred, to taste (about 1-1 1/4 oz.)
Sprig of rosemary, twist of grapefruit or orange, or slice of pear, for garnish

Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, pour into martini glass, and garnish.

For more creative cocktail recipes, click here.

For more information on Osteria la Bottiglia, click here.

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