Surely a drink with which you can pretend to be sitting at the legendary Rick’s Café Américain, along with the characters we all love so much.
As soon as you arrive, take place in a secluded corner.
Then, you taste a drink watching the suspicious and ambiguous clients living of cheats and small trades.
Listening to the music of the lovable pianist Sam, beware of the Nazis surveilling the fugitives from leaving for America.
And if we take a good look at the back of the salon, maybe we can see former lovers Rick and Isla looking each other in the eye and rethinking their happy past.
DRINK: THE UNSUSPECTED
Drink inspired from Casablanca, by Michael Curtiz, 1942
BARTENDER: Leandro Serra, bar manager del The Duke Cocktail Lounge Bar de La Maddalena (Sassari)
4 cl Ramsbury Gin
2 cl vermouth dry marino Macchia
1 cl Bitter Fred Jerbis
Gocce Malidea Sardinian Bitter alla pompia
Glass: cocktail glass
Garnish: lemon peel
In a previously cooled mixing glass, pour in Ramsbury Gin and other ingredients and fill with ice.
Mix, serve in an ice-cold cup and decorate coupled with a lemon peel.
The Unsuspected drink is dedicated to all Casablanca fans, one of the movies that have entered the world’s most cinematic imagination.
We all love the inspiring cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, and many others.
Indeed, one of the nerve centers of the story is concentrated in a bar, the Rick’s Café Américain, managed by Rick/Bogart.
It has a real intradiegetic soundtrack: the piano music of Sam, a kind of metronome of history.
In addition, the song As time goes by accompanies one of the most iconic scenes of Michael Curtiz’s film.
When Rick never-forgot old flame, Ilsa, asks Sam to play, it is a plunge into the heart and past.
This scene inspired the bartender Leandro Serra, cinephile bar manager of The Duke Cocktail Lounge Bar of La Maddalena.
As a result, the unsuspected pleasure of drinking it brings back to the past but remains current, as only love can do.
In detail, the central body of the drink is the Ramsbury Gin, English London Dry, built at km Zero in the company.
From the water of the Kennet River to the botany grown on the farm grounds.
Including the juicy quince apple, which gives fruity notes to gin, perfect in a dry martini.
Then, the Ramsbury Gin and its citric notes meet the bitter taste of bitter botany and the light salty aroma of vermouth dry Mediterraneo Macchia.
The latter, we recall, made from an ancient noble wine, the Vernaccia di Oristano Flor.
Creating a fantastic balance with a few drops of Malinda, pompia bitter, citrus unique in the world that grows only in some areas of Nuoro, between Siniscola and Orosei.