San Remo {The Cocktail} and a Simon Pearce Giveaway

San Remo Cocktail
Last summer, on a very hot and steamy July night, my daughter and I arrived a few minutes early for our reservation at Scarpetta on West 14th Street in New York. The restaurant had been on our list for quite a while but for some reason we just never quite got there. I was looking forward to being wowed by the meal and cocktails were the last thing on my mind (okay, that’s a bit of a lie-they’re always on my mind).  There’s nothing like a good cocktail, but at an Italian restaurant for me it’s wine, Prosecco or a Spritz. And we were there for the food.

On this ungodly hot summer night, with sweat dripping down my face and swollen feet that were killing me (but with very cute shoes), I wanted something cold and refreshing. The bartender took one look at us and immediately set down two iced cold glasses of the best water in the world (New York City tap water), and gave us the cocktail menu.

Bourbon, Campari, Vermouth and Elderflower
A bourbon Manhattan (preferably Knob Creek, a tiny drizzle of cherry juice and 2 cherries with an extra glass of ice on the side) is always my cocktail of choice, especially in the winter and even better in front of the fire. But definitely not on a sweltering New York summer evening. After a quick glance at the aperitvo menu I wasn’t thinking cocktails.

Simon Pearce Cordial Glasses
Then a drink caught my eye, called the San Remo named after the gorgeous city on the Italian Riviera. A few girlfriends and I had some antics there several years ago and this cocktail included my favorite spirits – bourbon, vermouth, Campari and elderflower so I figured it must be a sign from the libation god up above and ordered it. The combination of all four liquors, gently shaken and poured over ice, was a superb medley of sweet, bitter and boozy all rolled up into one glorious cocktail. Complete with a Luxardo cherry on top. A new favorite was added to the cocktail repertoire!
I changed things around a bit as the original recipe included a splash of orange juice and a bit less bourbon. But I succumb to the wise words of my father (Dewar’s on the rocks) when I became of legal drinking age and my girlfriends and I were making concoctions like Whiskey Sours, Tequila Sunrises and Slo Gin Fizzes – “If you’re going to drink…then just drink!”

And the food at Scarpetta? Amazing!

Simon Pearce Cordial Glasses
Beautiful barware makes the cocktail even more special. We’re giving away one set of these gorgeous Simon Pearce cordial glasses courtesy of Mulholland and Sachs. Just leave a comment below of your favorite cocktail and your best memory of drinking it or Like, Share and Comment on our Facebook page! (Sorry, we can only ship within the US.) Enter by midnight January 29, 2016.


San Remo {The Cocktail} adapted from Scarpetta
  • 1½ oz. sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz. elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  1. Combine all 4 ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain over ice in a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.



San Remo {The Cocktail} and a Simon Pearce Giveaway — 19 Comments

  1. My goodness-how ever did I miss this one? This cocktail is right up my alley, and I have everything I need to make it. Tonight we’ll imbibe. Thanks!

    It’s so difficult to select my favorite. Sometimes it’s a Hanky Panky. At other times it’s a Boulevardier or a Manhattan (but only if Luxardo cherries are involved.) When it’s hot outside it’s a Moscow Mule. Oh, how’s a girl to choose?

    • Yes, how did you miss this Adri! You’re the ultimate cocktail queen and if it wasn’t for you, I’d never have to good fortune to know about the Boulevardier, which on occasion has been made by the pitcherful:)

  2. Sounds like the perfect thing on a hot day! Can I please go to the real San Remo right now? Sigh! My favorite cocktail is a mojito with vodka and my best memories of them are sitting in North Beach, San Francisco on the sidewalk tables and sipping them with my girlfriends in my 20s. The good ol’ days!

    • Cheers to the good ol’ days Pam! Mojitos and girlfriends and being together…And for sure put San Remo on your Italy bucket list!

  3. My favorite cocktail is a Manhattan, on the rocks, preferably rye over bourbon … but there have been too many memorable moments drinking those! However, I do have a very fond memory of an excellent cocktail I had here in Springfield at The Order at the Hotel Vandivort celebrating my birthday last year. It is called a “John’s Leather Jacket” (Leather-stained Ford’s gin, red-apple & tobacco shrub, rosemary-infused Carpano dry vermouth, lemon juice) and it was the perfectly scorched and perfectly aromatic sprig of rosemary that sealed the deal as a very memorable drink. (On top of it being a lovely birthday dinner with my beau in a restaurant that finally made me feel for a moment like I was back in NYC!) I am loving mixologists’ creative use of herbs these days. Of course, I would be remiss not mentioning my favorite speak easy in NYC, Angel’s Share, where every cocktail is a divine creation and an occasion to remember. (Besides, unless I write down the ingredients, I could never remember the details … Angel’s Share drinks are like art. I now wish I could remember the precise drink I had sitting by the window on a wintery day, looking out on Stuyvesant St, catching up with an out of town friend, catching up … now I’m in withdrawal. And beyond the scope of your question.)

    • Now that’s an interesting cocktail and I toast the bartender for his/her incredible creativity! And for making your date with your guy extra special. Hmmm…me thinks we have a new bar to try in NY.

  4. Laney–Sounds divine (although I would enjoy plain water if shared with a loved one/a friend)…and presentation is very important, so these glasses would really give any drink that “extra something”! My husband & I were fortunate enough to live near Quechee, Vermont, home of Simon Pearce. Beautiful!

    • How lucky you were to live near Quechee, Ellen! It’s so beautiful and visiting Simon Pearce is incredibly interesting and unique. Great thoughts on “it’s all about the presentation” and “it’s the company that counts” – always nice to share anything with someone special and loved.

  5. Oh Laney, reading your post made me smile! My favorite cocktail memory is courtesy of the Campbell Apartments in Manhattan. A few years back, we trained into the city to celebrate my sister’s 60th birthday. Our plan was to tour the city pre-party with my brother and his wife. Unfortunately, the weather was frightful and left us with no viable option other than to find a warm and cozy bar to pass the time until the party. I ordered the Kentucky Ginger – a wonderful mix of bourbon, ginger liqueur, agave, lemon juice and muddled rosemary. The combination of the classic setting, roaring fireplace and the delicious libation proved delightful and turned a stormy day into an afternoon to remember.

    • Sshhh…we don’t want too many people to know about the Campbell Apartments:). What a fabulous place to enjoy such a special cocktail!

  6. That’s easy! Sharing a Bellini in Venice with Teri, not EXACTLY at Harry’s Bar (it was closed, so we had it at the bar next door to Harry’s!) I savor the memory of the most delightful vacation

    • Next door to Harrys Bar is close enough to enjoy a Bellini. I can just picture a beautiful afternoon in Venice with two good friends toasting a fabulous trip on a perfect day!

  7. Well, I don’t know if it’s considered a “cocktail” per se, but there is a lovely hotel in Naples called Palazzo Decumani. The barman there muddles seasonal fruits with prosecco. In the springtime it’s wild strawberries, in the winter pomegranate but we were there in October and he had uva fragola which are these tiny grapes. The flavor was outrageous and of course came with the most divine little tapas to nibble as we chatted the afternoon away. We were almost too full to go out for Neapolitan pizza….almost! Thanks for bringing back these great memories! I am going to put Scarpetta on my list!

    • Of course it’s a cocktail Ashley – it has alcohol, right? And that wonderful fruit absolutely makes it a healthy cocktail. What a wonderful memory and very special memory!

  8. Like you, my favorite cold-weather cocktail is a Manhattan garnished with extra cherries. But my ritual cocktail with the most meaning is a gin & tonic made my father’s way with good old fashioned Beefeater’s or Gilbey’s gin and Schweppes tonic – nothing artisanal 🙂 – plus a hefty wedge of lime. I always have that G&T in July when I arrive at the Lake Michigan shore after a long day of travel, usually around 9pm just as the sun is setting over the lake. I watch the magenta sun drop below the horizon, toast the memory of my Da and feel very grateful for being his daughter.

    • Wow! What a wonderful way to honor the memory of your father…I raise my glass to him up in the heavens for raising such a special daughter.

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