We recently spent a long weekend in Sacramento. We packed as much farm-to-fork food and fabulous hand-crafted cocktails as possible into two short days.
When we got home, Lewis was inspired by the weekend’s fresh local flavors. He decided to create a playful twist on the classic Manhattan—his usual go-to drink when there isn’t a house cocktail list. And thus, the Sacramento cocktail was born.
Punt e Mes
The cocktail features a vermouth you may not have tried—Punt e Mes. We’d picked up the Punt e Mes after having a cocktail that featured it and loving its herbal bitterness.
Although we found it next to the sweet vermouth we usually purchase, it’s got a distinct taste that is unlike other vermouths I’ve tried. A golden orange color with topaz tones, its name roughly means “one point sweetness and a half a point of bitterness”.
Look for Punt e Mes at your favorite local specialty liquor retailer, or a national adult beverage specialist such as BevMo. If you can’t find it, you can always substitute another vermouth or an herbal liqueur, but it just won’t be a Sacramento Cocktail. Trust me—it’s worth it to give the Punt e Mes a try.
Even More Bourbon Cocktails
If The Sacramento Cocktail whets your appetite for more bourbon cocktails, give these bourbon-based cocktail recipes a try:
- Hawaiian Stone Sour
- Tropical Hibiscus Bourbon Cocktail
- Peach Tea Mint Julep
- Blackberry Lime Mint Julep
- The Forbidden Flower Sour
The Sacramento Cocktail
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz Punt e Mes
- 2 splashes grapefruit bitters
- 6 cubes ice
- 1 peel orange optional garnish
- Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Close shaker top and shake vigorously for one minute.
- Strain into a small coupe glass and serve without ice.