On the first day of Christmas my postman gave to me a Bemor in a pear tree.
On the Second day of Christmas my truck delivery driver gave to me a Sack of fine coffee
On the third day of Christmas my friendly wine merchant gave to me a bottle of grappa
The third day of Christmas gift was a bottle of Grappa, I’ve searched for a while for some but never found any that I’ve been able to try or buy on recommendation. The good stuff (which this is) is not cheap so I’m not going to buy it blind. So on Saturday on a trip to my local wine friend to buy another gift of Christmas said have you ever tired it? I thought this must be fate. Also one of the guys who works there is a grappa fan was most pleased to find someone keen to learn more.
Grappa is based pomace brandy from Italy. It means grape stalk and is made by distilling pomace, grape residue (mainly the skins, but also stems and seeds) left over from winemaking after pressing. The flavour of grappa, like that of wine, depends on the type and quality of the grape used as well the specifics of the distillation process. In Italy, grappa is primarily served as a “digestivo” or after-dinner drink. Its main purpose was to aid in the digestion of heavy meals. Grappa may also be added to espresso coffee to create a caffè corretto meaning corrected coffee. Another variation of this is the “ammazza caffè” (literally, “coffee-killer”): the espresso is drunk first, followed by a few ounces of grappa served in its own glass. In the Veneto, there is rasentin: after finishing a cup of espresso with sugar, a few drops of grappa are poured into the nearly empty cup and swirled, and drunk down in one sip. (thanks to wikipedia for the majority of this)
So if anyone has any other recipes hat I should try I’m keen to listen.
Not sure how many more days of Christmas I can do but I’ll keep trying 🙂