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Pensiero Cocktail

Don’t get down about it, but think about this a moment (and think about the fact that pensiero means “thought” in Italian, too): In the world of sparkling wines, there are probably varieties, worthy varieties, you haven’t yet tried. I know it’s true for me. For example, until recently I’d missed out on Brachetto d’Acqui–and I’m something of an Italian nut (in a good way). Picking up its name from the Brachetto grape combined with the Acqui district in Italy’s Piedmont region, this lightly fizzy number has a taste redolent of berries, cherries, spices, and flowers and is a bit sweet, making it an after-dinner partner of choice for many. It also works well with other ingredients, as in the Pensiero, which will help remind you that it’s always good to be on the lookout for new liquid ideas.
  Ice cubes 4
  Freshly squeezed orange juice 2 Ounce
  Punt e mes 1 1⁄2 Ounce
  Campari 1 Ounce
  Simple syrup 1 Ounce
  Brachetto wine 4 Fluid Ounce, chilled
  Lemon twists 2 (For Garnish)

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full of ice cubes. Add the orange juice, Punt e Mes, Campari, and simple syrup. Shake thoughtfully.
Strain mixture into two flute glasses. Top each with Brachetto d’Acqui. Garnish each with a lemon twist and serve.

Note: Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth, one that’s a touch more bitter than others on the market (but not so butter as to make you cringe). The name means “point and a half”; the story is that it comes from a corresponding rise in the stock market that gave a lucky investor enough proceeds to start the company.

This recipe has been excerpted from Champagne Cocktails . To purchase this book visit,

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 136 Calories from Fat 0

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.04 g0.06%

Saturated Fat 0 g0.02%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 16 mg0.7%

Total Carbohydrates 20 g6.6%

Dietary Fiber 1.1 g4.5%

Sugars 17.3 g

Protein 0.27 g0.54%

Vitamin A 0.4% Vitamin C 29%

Calcium 2.2% Iron 2.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Pensiero Cocktail Recipe