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a spi r i t ed h istory
of a classic cur e ~ a l l
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coc k ta i l s , reci pes
& for m u l as

BR AD

THOM A S

P H OTO G R A P H S

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BY

S P E E D

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PARSONS
A N D E R S O N

P R E S S

B E R K E L E Y

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Autumn Sweater
We could slip away
Wouldn’t that be better?

Makes 1 drink

The bittersweet lyrics of “Autumn Sweater,” from Yo La
Tengo’s 1997 album, I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, serve
as the source material for this melancholy change-of-season
shoegazer. Serve it over a large block of ice, or over an ice
sphere—even better to evoke a fat harvest moon hanging in
the nighttime sky.
Made in Sicily since 1868, Averna is a syrupy, bitter herbal
liqueur. It isn’t overpowering, though, and is a great gateway
amaro if you’re interested in exploring potable bitters. Amaro
Nonino is another mild Italian digestif whose caramel color
and warm, spicy burnt orange notes round out the full fall
flavors here. Wrap yourself in an Autumn Sweater and
embrace what the season has in store for you.

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1 ounce rye
1

/2 ounce Averna

1

/2 ounce Amaro Nonino

1

/2 ounce maple syrup

1 dash Urban Moonshine
maple bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Garnish: thick clove-studded
strip of orange zest

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Combine all the ingredients except the garnish in a mixing
glass filled with ice and stir until chilled. Add a large sphere
of ice to a chilled double old-fashioned and strain the drink
into the glass. For the garnish, use a paring knife to slice a
thick strip of zest from an orange. Twist it over the drink to
release the essential oils and rub along the rim of the glass.
Stud the orange zest with two whole cloves and drape it over
the ice sphere.

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Some of the recipes in this book include raw eggs. When eggs are consumed raw, there is
always the risk that bacteria, which is killed by proper cooking, may be present. For this
reason, always buy certified salmonella-free eggs from a reliable grocer, storing them in the
refrigerator until they are served. Because of the health risks associated with the consumption
of bacteria that can be present in raw eggs, they should not be consumed by infants, small
children, pregnant women, the elderly, or any persons who may be immunocompromised. The
author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects that may result
from the use or application of the recipes and information contained in this book.
Copyright © 2011 by Brad Thomas Parsons
Photographs copyright © 2011 by Ed Anderson
All rights reserved.
Published in the United States by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,
a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
www.crownpublishing.com
www.tenspeed.com
Ten Speed Press and the Ten Speed Press colophon are registered trademarks of
Random House, Inc.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Parsons, Brad Thomas.
Bitters : a spirited history of a classic cure-all, with cocktails,
recipes, and formulas / Brad Thomas Parsons.
p. cm.
1. Cocktails. 2. Bitters. 3. Cookbooks. I. Title.
TX951.P355 2011
641.8'74--dc23
2011017774
ISBN 978-1-58008-359-1
Printed in China
Design by Ed Anderson
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