DOPO TEATRO – Love at first...Sip!

By Aaron Walters

You know those times when you taste something and instantly fall in love with it? Well, this happened to me last week with the Dopo Teatro Cocchi vermouth Amaro. After one taste, I immediately knew that I had to share it with all of you. 

Dopo Teatro translates to "after theatre" which refers to the Piedmontese tradition of drinking a small glass of vermouth with lemon zest in the evening after watching a performance.

This amaro is rooted in Barolo Chinato wine (rather than a neutral spirit) giving it more complexity. It's flavored with wormwood, rhubarb, Quassia wood, chiretta and a double infusion of quina. 

Only on the rarest of occasions do I prefer to drink an amaro neat--and almost never a vermouth--but this is one such occasion. Another equally fantastic way to drink this amaro is in a wide variety of cocktails. A few that I have tried and subsequently loved are the Negroni and the Manhattan. I will give you guys my take on these cocktails. Try them and I have no doubt you will feel the same.

 

Negroni

  • 1 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Dopo Teatro Cocchi

Add ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with ice and stir.  
Strain into a highball glass with an ice cube or into a martini glass neat.

 

 

Manhattan

  • 2oz High West Yippie Ki-Yay (Or their double rye)
  • 1/2 oz Dopo Teatro Cocchi
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters – or your favorite, don't be afraid to experiment!
  • 1 Luxardo Maraschino cherry

Add all ingredients except the cherry to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir.
Strain into a martini glass and add the cherry.