Il Gioiello

Il Gioiello

  • 2.0 oz. Truffle Gin (Dioniso)
  • 0.5 oz. Benedictine
  • 0.5 oz. dry vermouth
  • dash of mole bitters

Stir with ice and strain into coupe. Garnish with black truffle, if you have it. I did not.

My wife and I recently took our 20th anniversary in Italy, visiting Venice. There I found a truffle store that was offering a truffle gin. This gin on the nose is pure truffle. I fell in love. It is there at the initial taste, but isn’t overwhelming.

The picture here includes a coaster I bought there, a lace doily from Burano, and a mask ornament my parents got me on their previous trip.

The name is Italian for a jewel, which is a translation of Bijou, which is what this cocktail is based on. Truffle Gin here replaces London Dry, with mole bitters also replacing orange bitters.

Aren’t we fancy with our truffle, pig-rooted truffle gin? Saluti!

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