“Giro d’Italia” – literally meaning “a tour of Italy”, takes the sport of cycling to a different level with an annual Giro d’Italia cycle race. Since its inception in 1909, the Giro d’Italia’s annual race has gained popularity and features prominent riders from all over the world.
Amidst tremendous energy, excitement and drama, this bicycle race primarily commencing in the picturesque Italian landscape, passes through neighbouring countries. This crucial global event in its 100th year is revered by professional cyclists as the most prestigious. It is one of the three “Grand Tour” races that also includes the iconic Tour de France and the Vuelta in Spain.
The Giro d’Italia cocktail is homage to this significant, historic cycling event. It is dedicated to the world’s professional cyclists, and legendary champions who participate in the Giro d’Italia grand cycling tours. They exhibit feats of heroism with their epic climbs across the unpredictable paths that they ride through. A lot of distilleries and cafes participate in this event to motivate the riders with varied prized spirits, adding a gourmet angle to it.
Whilst this cocktail can also be made with other spirits, whisky is the recommended one, inspired by the passion and indomitable spirit that defines the Giro d’Italia event. Here we share an interesting recipe with you that calls for a smooth, rich Bourbon to build this stirring cocktail.
Mix Your Own Prestigious Giro d'Italia
In a cocktail shaker, smash 2 - 3 cherry tomatoes along with 3 – 4 fresh basil leaves. Muddle it well to draw the fresh, natural flavours. Add 60ml bourbon whiskey, 22ml agave syrup, and 22ml freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix. Add some ice and shake it well to bring it all together. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. A green garnish of basil leaves completes this classic cocktail.
Often overshadowed by its forerunner, the mint julep, the origin of the classic whiskey smash stands open to interpretation. The earliest dates back to 1862 and talks about a peculiarly American drink wildly popular among the denizens of the South. The recipe called for a simple concoction of muddled mint leaves and sugar with equal parts peach and regular brandy served over cracked ice.
A classic dram of aged, high-quality whisky like the Aberfeldy 12 Year Old calls to be savoured at leisure in order to be able to do it justice. Prepared using pure freshwater drawn from the Pitilie Burn which was known to contain deposits of alluvial gold, this whisky was christened ‘The Golden Dram’.
At a time when spiffy new cocktails are in vogue, revelling in the past is often a welcome change. After all, even the most foamed and smoked, avant-garde cocktail bars also rave over the classics. Why? Because the best of vintage cocktails have been groomed so perfectly over decades that they never become obsolete. Old is gold indeed.