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08.05.10 

A “Watch Your Feet” Drink

by Warren Bobrow, Wild Table editor, food writer and cocktail whisperer

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The Piaggio cocktail, named after a particular brand of Italian motorbike, reminds me of the frantic traffic circles in Rome. Seemingly hundreds of these little motor scooters dart here and there, racing at extremely high speeds through the streets … and sidewalks.

There is no shame in cutting off tourists who have a green light, or running over their feet. In fact, in some circles, leaving tire tracks on the foot of a traveler is a rite of passage.

Like the drink it inspired, the Piaggio is particularly well suited to encouraging turistas to hustle across the broad avenues, even with traffic lights in their favor.

Piaggio “Hoppin’ Foot” Cocktail

This is a “watch out for your feet when you’re crossing the street” kind of cocktail.

  • 1 ounce Branca Menta
  • 3 ounces Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 2 shakes Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
  • Crushed coconut water ice
  • 1 to 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fresh spearmint and lime chunks to garnish
  1. Prepare a tray of ice by using coconut water (not milk!)
  2. Crush the coconut ice then add to tall cocktail glasses to chill.
  3. Add regular ice to a cocktail shaker, along with liquors, bitters and lime juice.
  4. Shake and then strain into the tall glasses filled with crushed coconut water ice.
  5. Garnish with lime chunks, fresh spearmint and an Italian-designed, steel-toed oxford or stiletto (anything from Berluti and Manolo will do).

The Piaggio cocktail is as sleek and fashionable as its namesake. The spiced rum and mint bitters put enough spring in your step to help you safely sprint across an Italian street.

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