As age and cocktail-testing takes its toll on our livers, we find ourselves drawn to lower-proof cocktails. It’s nice to indulge in the flavors of spirits and liqueurs without paying for it the next day.
The Goldmine, from Tom Lindstedt at Portland’s short-lived High Noon bar, is a perfect example of how a great drink doesn’t necessarily require a ton of booze.
Lindstedt uses Cocchi Americano, a white wine apéritif with a crisper, more bitter flavor profile than Lillet Blanc, another popular option. Both are lovely in this drink, but if you use Lillet you can expect it to be a little sweeter and a bit less flavorful.
- 1 part Vodka
- ¾ part White wine apéritif
- ¾ part Pineapple juice
- ½ part Lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled short glass. Garnish with a wheel of lemon.
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- Goldmine Apertif Cocktail from Imbibe magazine