Prima Portata

Prima Portata

Aperitivo Luxardo

Ben Morris

06 Jul 2015
Via Website


  • 20ml Aperitivo Luxardo
  • 25ml Bourbon fat-washed with Prosciutto
  • 25ml Aperitif Wine
  • 2 Dashes of Celery Bitters
  • Atomise with San Marzano Tomato Reduction

La Famiglia Inspiration

To me, at the very center of 'La Famiglia' is dinner time; the 'Prima Portata' or 'First Course' pays homage to this using traditional Italian ingredients such as San Marzano and Prosciutto, but in a contemporary manner. The savory aspects of the drink, combined with Aperitivo Luxardo and Aperitif Wine make it ideal as an Aperitif, hence, the name 'First Course'. The addition of a small edible garnish helps by preparing the metabolism for a hearty meal with the family. Anchorage is an East Coast American inspired bar and kitchen. We take inspiration from Jewish deli type cuisine, seafood, and of course, Italian American cuisine. I have used ingredients such as Bourbon and Celery Bitters to help give the drink an Italian American twist, which I think provides for a contemporary, yet relevant feel.


  • Prep your glass and garnish first to avoid the drink over diluting - tie a bev nap around a nice rocks glass to create a pocket, and place your garnish, two small pieces of caremelised deep fried Prosciutto Ham, inside.
  • Strain into your rocks, adding a big piece of ice, and atomise with San Marzano tomato reduction.
  • Serve and Enjoy.
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