How to make:
STIR first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass. Then FLOAT absinthe on surface of drink.
Luxardo Maraschino cherry
The game this drink is named after is French while the main ingredients are Spanish and Italian, but they do play Pétanque in the Basque region of Spain. However, both the creator of this drink and the bitters used in it come from the States - perhaps it took a non-European to bring these harmonious ingredients - fino sherry and amaretto - together.
Adapted from a drink created in 2014 by Andrew Bohrer at Mistral Kitchen, Seattle, USA, and named after the French game where hollow metal balls are thrown as close as possible to a small wooden jack ball.
Andrew's original recipe calls for 2 shots of Toro Albalá Fino Eléctrico sherry but we thought 2½ shots of fino better balanced the rich amaretto. That was until, inspired by playing Petanque in France whilst sipping on pastis, we tried Andrew's original spec but with an additional half barspoon float of absinthe. To be honest, we tried pastis first but the liquorice notes detracted from the drink. However, we think absinthe adds a balancing layer of harmonious additional complexity. Hope you agree?