Joie de Vivre

I love it when bad news turns out to be a lie.  You know, you get some news that is not so great or inconvenient, only later to find out that its not true in a surprising fashion.  Let me give you an example.  You may remember a post from a while ago about a Black Walnut Manhattan  (arguably the first “Thirsty Thursday” even though it wasn’t on a Thursday) and how one of the ingredients is Nocino Della Cristina.  Well, if you don’t, as a quick recap: That drink changed my entire outlook on cocktails (probably the reason we are here today) and Whit bought me all of the components to make this cocktail shortly after our honeymoon.  However, the Nocino Della Christina was one ingredient that we were told could only be ordered from a very specific location in California and could not be found anywhere else.  This news was disappointing but didn’t stop Whit from ordering a bottle.

Over a year passed and I used the Nocino extremely sparingly because I didn’t want to run out and have to go through the trouble of ordering another bottle.  Queue up our trip to Chicago.  Naturally, shortly after we arrived we went to the neighborhood Binny’s Beverage Depot (basically a grocery store just for booze) to pick up supplies for the weekend.  As we were navigating the aisles we happened to notice, to our shock and glee, that they carried Nocino Della Christina.  We ecstatically scooped up the large bottle and brought it home as a wonderful souvenir from our trip.  We have since finished off our old bottle of Nocino and made strides into the new one.  Going forward all we have to do is get one of our friends from Chicago who is coming to visit act as a mule and bring us the sauce.  We are pumped.

Since coming into our new supply of Nocino, Whit thought it would be nice to find a different recipe that used it other than the Black Walnut Manhattan.  I was very glad that she did.  She sent me the recipe for the Joie de Vivre and I fixed it up later that night.  I will say this cocktail is a little sweet but it also has tons of flavor.  If you are a fan of walnut flavors and blackberry I definitely recommend it.  Also, the next time you’re in Chicago or a larger liquor store, you should take a look around for Nocino Della Christina.  You will not be disappointed.

Joie de Vivre

By Brian, September 6, 2012

Joie de Vivre




Place blackberries in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Then pour in remaining ingredients, shake well over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.



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Brian is the Chief Taste Tester, Mixologist, and Resident CSS Wizard at Whit's Amuse Bouche. When he's not writing code, you can find him with a brown drink in one hand, and a hairbrush in the other. He prefers Colorado-raised lamb to all other meats. View all posts by Brian →

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