Food • Drink • Life: “Dumante delicious!”

Liqueurs are big these days. Elderberry, apricot, honey, ginger, pine—there seems no end to the sweet libations flavoring our cocktails. And now, into the fray, comes Dumante Verdenoce, an Italian-made pistachio liqueur.

The first whiff is of amaretto, or of an intensely flavored pistachio ice cream. The first taste is honey sweet, but it then gives way to pure nuttiness with a vanilla hit. There’s a strong spirituous backbone, even though Dumante’s only 28% ABV, and enough acidity to prevent the liqueur from being cloying.

While that potent, minty cocktail seemed to be the crowd favorite, I preferred Van’s Dumante Fizz. Here’s his recipe: Pour 1-1/2 ounce 10 Cane rum, 3/4 ounce Dumante, 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 ounce simple syrup and 1 egg white into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously, and then strain into a Collins glass. Yum…


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