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USBG CT Cam­pari “Best Aper­i­tivo” Cock­tail Competition

116 Crown in New Haven was the stage for the UBSG CT Cam­pari “Best Aper­i­tivo” Cock­tail Competition on August 20, 2013. The objec­tive was to use Cam­pari and other base spir­its from the Cam­pari Amer­ica port­fo­lio in a drink rep­re­sent­ing the cat­e­gory of Aper­i­tivo, a before din­ner drink designed to stim­u­late appetite. The competition was open to all USBG members. Carl Summa, who works at Watertown’s Main Street Grill and is one-half of the duo known as The Cocktail Chemist, placed first, fresh off his Bombay Sapphire GQ magazine competition win, with a cocktail called “The Bitter Frenchman.”

The Bitter Frenchman

  • 1.5 oz Campari
  • 1 Sugar cube Pinch of pink sea salt
  • 3 Dashes of Peychauds Bitters
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Barspoon of Absinthe

Stir over ice and serve in old fashioned glass, no ice Zest lemon peel over cocktail and discard. – Carl Summa

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