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Italian, New Orleans style

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Italian, New Orleans style

That whole business about March “roaring in like a lion” doesn’t really fit New Orleans. All of our months “roar” with festivals and celebrations, and March, even in the Lenten Season, is a particular high point.

Both the Irish and the Italian communities in our town find their respective patron saints’ feast days properly celebrated a mere two days apart. St. Patrick of Emerald Isle fame is honored on March 17, and the Italian community’s revered St. Joseph receives due respect on March 19.

This being a city of restraint (yeah, right), grand balls, parades on every corner, receptions, royal courts and special favors are all a part of the acknowledgement of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar.

St. Joseph’s Day features the tradition of special altars erected in churches, businesses and homes, each laden with plates and bowls of Italian cuisine specialty items, meant to give thanks and to tempt the visitor.

We are pleased to do our part to continue the tradition of Italian hospitality, New Orleans-style, with the Chinotto Cocktail – where sweet and floral meet bitter and citrus. It was developed and served by Missy Ralls, the talented mixologist at A Mano, a new authentic Italian trattoria in the Warehouse District.

Chinotto Cocktail
In a shaker,
Coat ice with brown sugar simple syrup
Add 1.5 ounces Junipero gin
Add 1.5 ounces homemade bitter-orange infused Averna Amaro

Top with fresh squeezed local bitter-orange juice. Shake. Pour into tall glass. Garnish with bitter orange twist. (yield: 1 drink)

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