Livorno Punch (Ponce alla Livornese)

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Serve in a

Shot glass

Garnish:

Dust with freshly grated cinnamon

How to make:

1. Place thick-cut coin-sized lemon zest in base of glass and cover with sugar.
2. Ideally, use the steam wand of a coffee machine to steam and moisten sugar while also warming glass (alternatively, add a splash of boiling water).
3. MUDDLE lemon and sugar in base of glass (with small muddler).
4. POUR rum into glass.
5. TOP with a shot of espresso dispensed straight into your cocktail from the machine.

1 spoon Powdered sugar (ground in mortar and pestle)
1/6 fl oz Boiling water
1 fresh Lemon peel
1/2 fl oz Bacardi 8 year old rum
1 fl oz Espresso coffee (freshly made & hot)
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Review:

Run and coffee with zesty lemon. A drink to challenge the Espresso Martini.

History:

Said to date from the 1700s, this is the signature ponce (Italian for punch) of the Italian port city of Livorno on the west coast of Tuscany.

In a letter to his friend Nando, poet Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907) wrote: "We drank a lot of white, o Nando, we drank a lot of black punch and with profound knowledge, we never left a cup or glass without seeing the bottom."

If you want to properly experience a Ponce alla Livornese, then head to the Civil Bar in Livorno, a historic caffè founded in the 1890s, this is the drink's spiritual home.

Nutrition:

One serving of Livorno Punch (Ponce alla Livornese) contains 45 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 0.4 standard drinks
  • 10.91% alc./vol. (21.82° proof)
  • 5.5 grams of pure alcohol
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