Disaronno Terrace Comes To Manchester

Disaronno Terrace

The month of August has seen the Spinningfield area of Manchester taken over by the brand of Disaronno. The Oast House venue boasts one of the largest outdoor terraces in the city, meaning the perfect place for the Italian liqueur to host its seasonal Disaronno Terrace events. A showcase of all things Disaronno, each residency offers the chance to enjoy classic and crafted serves, alongside live music artist and illustrators. 

Godfather
Godfather

From a drinks perspective, this was a great occasion to experience again the likes of a Disaronno Sour, a classics that is available from the Disaronno Sours cart, main bar, or indeed the chance to create the Disaronno Sour yourself. A rarity for an event to have such interaction on the main drink of the evening, yet it worked as guests are able to release the inner bartender within and shake up a classic.
The main bar itself has the likes of the Godfather, a mix of Disaronno and Monkey Shoulder, as well as two unique recipes for the tour, a Terrace Cooler which mixes Disaronno, cranberry juice, orange juice and strawberry puree, and the Terrace Sour, combining Disaronno, Monkey Shoulder, lemon juice and sugar with egg white. 

With a good atmosphere being created from Teleman and The Cribs, Disaronno have gone for something a little different in the way of re-introducing the brand to its customers. Although it is well-known, and a staple for most bars, the chance to experience within cocktails is sometimes limited, especially at home. The brand have done well in offering a unique environment, and one that they have taken to the likes of New York, Milan, Rome and Los Angeles over the last four years. I’ve been to many events sponsored and supported by brands over the years, but the chance to create a cocktail myself, enjoy music, and not be within a crowded area, all while al fresco style, is a cracking idea. 

Disaronno Terrace
Disaronno Terrace

There’s only one more event to go in Manchester before it hits residencies in Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan and Rome. If you get the chance, it’s definitely worth while to go down, if not, get yourself a bottle today and shake up a sours!

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Disaronno Amaretto Tasting Notes

Disaronno

1525 was a long time ago. Santa Marta, the first city in Colombia, was founded and the Bubonic Plague spreaddi in southern France. Also, during the Italian Renaissance, the artist Bernardino Luini, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, was commissioned to paint a fresco of the Madonna of the Miracles in Saronno. To portray the Madonna, he chose a beautiful local innkeeper. As a mark of her gratitude, she prepared for the artist a special gift of a flask full of an amber liqueur. The legend that is Disaronno had begun.

In 1600, many families would distill their own liqueurs and digestives, with the Reina family doing just that after rediscovering the innkeeper’s old recipe. Passing it down over generations, the popularity of the closely guarded recipe grew as during the first years of the twentieth century, Domenico Reina decided to open a store and workshop near the terminus of the tram line from Milan, situated in the heart of Saronno. It was here that the Disaronno Originale was produced and sold commercially.

1942 saw the iconic ‘square bottle’ come into force and during the 1960’s, the rest of Europe and the USA grew to enjoy the brand. In the seventies, a master glass maker from Murano, Venice, hand-crafted the unique ‘square bottle’ made from softly sparkling glass, and formed the now familiar design.

So with over 448 years of history, how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Disaronno Amaretto – 28%

Instant hit of sweetness on the nose with a strong dominating almond aroma. Softer on the palate however with a rather short, sweet flavour of almond and marzipan.

Although primarily offered as a digestif, lately many a Disaronno cocktail has popped up –

Disaronno Julia
Disaronno Julia

Disaronno Julia

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients – 

40 ml Disaronno
15 ml White rum
25 ml Liquid cream
15 ml Grenadine
4 Fresh strawberries

Method – 

Mix all ingredients in a blender with ice and pour into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

or

Godfather

Glass –

Rocks

Ingredients –

20 ml Disaronno
30 ml Scotch whiskey

Method –

Pour ingredients over ice.

Great versatility for a classic Amaretto. Always a staple of many a bar too, and quite possibly in your drinks cabinet at home.

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