Biscotti Dessert Cocktail
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I love cocktails…I know, it’s a bit obvious at this point. But everyone who knows me, knows that I also have a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to Italian desserts! Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Cannoli, you name it, I will eat it. Even though I grew up in Bulgaria, one of my favorite ways to indulge after a meal was to nibble on coffee soaked biscotti cookies. It was a family tradition, especially when the weather was changing, and winter was upon us. So I wanted to create a dessert cocktail that reminded me of those chilly evenings where my family and I would gather together, drink hot coffee, and munch on Italian cookies.
And while dipping a biscotto cookie in a glass of dessert wine or coffee is a heavenly way to finish a big Italian feast, dunking the hard, dry biscuit in a glass of booze might not be the best way to create your biscotti cocktail.
But luckily for me, and you I hope, the people from Faretti have come up with Biscotti Famosi Liqueur – a delightful Biscotti cordial with light citrus and fennel notes and in my opinion, the best dessert liqueur out there.
Now, I have used this liqueur numerous times in the past to make various dessert cocktails, and I absolutely love it. It’s definitely something you want to have in your liquor cabinet if you have a sweet tooth and a soft spot for cocktails. And while this Italian gem is excellent for traditional dessert cocktails like Tiramisu martinis, almond white Russians or anything with cream, I thought it would be nice to divert from the typical milky dessert cocktail. These drinks often end up too rich and overly sugary, so I wanted to create a liquid dessert you won’t be abandoning after the third sip.
Enter the GOOD NIGHT VERONA
It might sound like I’m patting myself on the back here, but honestly, this drink is a showpiece.
Made with aged rum, biscotti liqueur, orange bitters and just a touch of saline solution (salt water), I have developed a tad bit of an obsession with this cocktail. It’s sweet, yet light, and unlike other dessert cocktails, very balanced. The Faretti liqueur in combination with the orange bitters and the saline solution gave the cocktail the distinct biscotti flavor I was going for while eliminating the possibility of a sugar crash.
Whether you are a professional bartender, or you just like to make cocktails at home,”Good Night Verona” might just be the best present you can give this holiday season. Sweet, savory, and easy to make – this is the perfect dessert treat and another bar quality cocktail you can make at home.
Biscotti Dessert Cocktail
- 1 oz Zaya Gran Reserva 12-Year Rum
- .75 oz Faretti Biscotti Liqueur
- 2 drops Orange Bitters
- 2 drops Saline Solution (see notes below)
- Orange Peel (for garnish)
Add all ingredients, besides the orange peel, in mixing class or cocktail beaker
Add ice and stir for 20-25 seconds
Strain into a dessert wine or cordial glass and garnish with an orange peel
In a dasher bottle, combine 3 oz of hot water and 4-5 pinches of salt. Shake well until the salt dissolves. Adding a dash or two to your cocktail will really brighten up and unite flavors.
What is your favorite dessert? Comment in the section below, and we might just make a liquid version of it 🙂