Cocktail Course: Tangerine Drop at Bamboo/Armani, Milan

Did I mention we just went to Milan? Mainly to see “Priscilla“, THE musical  (- for those of you who like musicals and/or the film I can assure: You’ll absolutely LOVE it!! Just make sure you’ll get seats in the first row, so you can   jump up when you feel like it and sing and dance along with Gloria Gaynor etc….) but also to check out the fairly new Armani Hotel (Via Manzoni 31): right in the heart of the city, with a lobby that felt a bit like Times Square these days because of the fashion week, a spa on the top floor that made you overlook real Milan in a bathrobe, with your feet in warm pool water, and an inviting bar.

Certainly we got to talk to the bartender, Cesare, who was just about to mix his his personal version of the famous Tangerine Drop. We recommend to start off and then experiment with the classic version – here’s the recipe:

Tangerine Drop

small wedge of tangerine
superfine sugar
1 ounce orange-flavoured vodka
1 ounce Mandarine Napoleon
1 ounce freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
half tangerine slice

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with the tangerine wedge and superfine sugar. Discard the wedge. Combine the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the half-slice of tangerine. PS: It’s simple to make your own syrup! Mix 2 cups granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan, bring the mixture to boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer—gently bubbling—for 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool, after which it may be bottled and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.