Restaurants add special Luxardo Aperitivo and tomato cocktail

Obicà Luxardo Spritz

A house cocktail made with Luxardo Aperitivo and cherry tomatoes has been added to the menu at London’s group of Obicà Mozzarella Bars.

The Italian restaurants are listing the Obicà Luxardo Spritz until the end of September at its branches in South Kensington, Canary Wharf, Soho and Fitzrovia.

The savoury-sweet aperitif was created by “G” Franklin, Luxardo brand ambassador, using Luxardo Aperitivo – a bitter aperitif in a similar style to Aperol and Campari. It is part of the Luxardo range of liqueurs distributed in the UK by Cellar Trends.

This is combined with Piennolo cherry tomatoes which are organically grown in the rich volcanic soil in Mount Vesuvius National Park close to Naples – the home town of Obicà founder Silvio Ursini. Available only from August onwards, the tomatoes are richly sweet and tart.

Picture by Matthew Hickman @MattTheList

The Obicà Luxardo Spritz by G Franklin
40ml Luxardo Aperitivo
1 Piennolo tomato
1 dash of fresh lemon juice
Lemon extract
65ml Prosecco
Freshly ground black pepper
1 small fresh basil leaf
Muddle one Piennolo tomato – the equivalent of a small dessert spoon – in a shaker. Add cubed ice, Luxardo Aperitivo, and lemon juice. Shake and strain into a chilled flute glass. Top up with about 65ml of chilled prosecco. Give a light spray of the lemon extract to the top of the glass. Grind a small amount of black pepper on the surface and float the basil leaf. Optionally, you can place a Luxardo Maraschino cocktail cherry in each glass before pouring in the drink – one of G Franklin’s signature flourishes.

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