Taste of Milan: Puglia Memories at the Park Hyatt

This is what happens when a barman from Lecce goes travelling… Giacomo Maroccia who used to work for our friend Davide de Matteis at 300 Mila, Lecce, left his home town quite a while ago to see the world and make new experiences. He travelled the US at first, remained in Texas for a while, then came back to Italy to go studying. We popped into him working part time at the Park Hyatt (Via Tommaso Grossi 1, Milan, Tel: +39 02 8821 1234), Milan, the other day, where he prepared us a couple of Spicy Spritzs, his own variation of the classic, as a welcome drink. Since it’s the perfect thing to have on hot summer days like these (and since he used to be one of our favorite barmen in the area and we’re missing him a lot), we want to share the recipe with you. Here we go: ENJOY!!

Spicy Spritz

4 cl Tequila Blanco
5-6 Leaves of Mint
1 Fresh squeezed Lime
1 Teaspoon brown sugar
Ginger root
Red currant
Soda water
Ginger ale

Place mint leaves, ginger and red currant into a large red wine
glass. Squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. Add the brown sugar, a splash of club soda and gently smash the the ingredients with a muddler. Add ice (preferably cubes),then Tequila and top-up with ginger ale. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.

Beachhopping: Quarto di Monte, Monticelli – absolutely fabulous!

To find Quarto di Monte You really have to know where to go! But once you’re there you won’t want to leave any more… This is what happened to Tina and Alfonso, the owner couple, who found out about the fabulous beachview place years ago and installed their caravan right next to the spot that was supposed to become one of the trendiest beachclubs in Puglia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have travelled the world in search of inspiration (and keep on travelling: when their season is finished they call their dogs and hop on their rolling home): Mexico, Brasil, Costa Rica. Once their “baby” was born, they started working on it, literally “living” it: Maroccan tents, Balinese sofas, Thai seats, you name it, to not get bored to easily: You never know what to expect when they’re reopening for the new season!

 

 

 

 

 

This year they came up with some crispy and fresh blue sofas where to stretch out while listening to the live concerts on sunday night. As every year, Tina would be the cashier – and head of the bar, whereas Alfonso manages the live music gigs, mostly musicians from Puglia who know how to entertain in hot Puglia summer nights! Check out the place for a light lunch, try the fresh fish as well as the salads and don’t forget to order a “macedonia” as a dessert: You’ll be amazed what a simple fruit salad can look and taste like!

We asked Tina, who’s an expert on frozens of any kind, for her summer 2012 suggestion. Here’s what she proposes: All it takes is half a pineapple, an apple, fresh lime juice and mint leaves. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and taste the creamy thing through a straw: Absolutely Fabulous, isn’t it?

Cocktail Course: Cinderella

A sweet & colourful thing, just like the fairytale: “Cinderella” is the invention of our Maizza Barman Camillo Tagliente. He once won a Puglia Cocktail Competition with it and is certainly proud. If you want to impress your friends with something really new, try it out for yourself. It’s easy to prepare, anything you need apart from a few simple ingredients is a cocktail shaker and ice cubes.

2,5 cl Vodka
2,5 cl Martini Rosato
1,5 cl X rated (Vodka with an infusion of passionfruit & mango)
1,5 cl strawberry syrup

Shake and chill all the ingredients in a shaker. Pour in a cocktail glass and decorate with a few rose petals and a slice of orange.