Chef Mattia Agazzi of the ultra-chic contemporary Italian restaurant, Gucci Osteria, located in Beverly Hills inspired this week’s Drink of the Week.
Gucci Osteria is a collection of contemporary Italian restaurants with locations in Florence, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, and Seoul. It is a partnership between two of the biggest names in Italy for food and fashion, three Michelin star chef Massimo Bottura and the Italian fashion house Gucci. Open for lunch and dinner, the intimately designed Gucci Osteria holds 1 Michelin star and is helmed by the ambitious 33-year-old chef Mattia Agazzi.
The Normanne Rosso or ‘The Red Norman’ is inspired by the classic Lemon Drop. Using the traditional vodka and lemon, Southern Italian limoncello is then layered in with house made ginger syrup to add complexity and depth to the classic libation.
Cocktail courtesy of General Manager Christian Philippo
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1/2 oz Ginger syrup*
- 3/4 oz Limoncello
- 1/2 oz Prickly Pear juice
- 3/4 oz Lemon juice
Preparation: Prepare the rim of a Martini glass by moistening with lemon juice and dipping it into Italian red cake sugar. Then, add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared Martini glass. Serve immediately.
In a pot, combine 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup water, and 1 cup sliced and peeled ginger root. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool completely, then strain out ginger pieces. (Can also use store-bought, like the Liquid Alchemist ginger syrup!)