05 September, 2008

Get grabbed by grappa

Nardini, traditional grappa maker since 1779, is still a family-owned business based in Bassano del Grappa, north east of Venice.

"Legendary for their exceptional flavour and smooth character, Nardini grappas are double-distilled, using a combination of pot and steam methods, from a selection of moist pomaces (crushed skins from the wine harvest) derived from a time-honoured blend of grapes from local DOC-rated vineyards," a spokesman says.

"If five-year-old


is a remarkable digestive, the younger Nardini Bianca is not only great by itself, but a stylish alternative to vodka, gin, cachaça and other white spirits in many well-known cocktail recipes.

"Famously enjoyed alongside a sweetened espresso as a café corretto, it's nothing short of superb as a powerful chilled shot. One of the best ways to evaluate Nardini Bianca's potential as a cocktail ingredient is to test it with fresh juices or purées."

For a comprehensive list of cocktail recipes using Nardini Grappa visit and click on "mixology".

OLN has teamed up with UK distributor Emporia Brands to offer six 70cl bottles of Nardini Grappa Bianca (50% abv) to the winner of this competition. Five runners-up will receive a copy of The Grappa Handbook by Marcin Miller. Just answer the following question:

Where can you find a list of cocktail recipes using Nardini Grappa?

Send your answer, with your name, address and daytime telephone number, on a postcard marked Nardini Grappa competition, by Sept 30, to: Emporia Brands , The Church, 172 London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1XR, or email

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