The Scaffa Trilogy
Michelangelo Antonioni, the visionary Italian film director, released his "trilogy on modernity and its discontents" in the early 1960s. With three films, L’Avventura, La Notte, and L’Eclisse, he "redefined the concept of narrative cinema and
challenged traditional approaches to storytelling, realism, drama, and the world at large.” He produced "enigmatic and intricate mood pieces" and rejected action in favor of contemplation, focusing on image and design over character and story, defining a "cinema of possibilities”.* My kinda guy! Which brings me to this BLOG entry. You may recall from my cocktail video “Marcello’s Cigarette Hangs Just Right From His Lips” that “scaffa” is part of the new trend in cocktail culture. It’s about taking the ingredients straight from the shelf (at room temperature) and mixing them in the glass without any ice or other preparation. This means there is no dilution of ice turning into water in the shaker to alter the drink, the alcohol presented unedited if you will, as is. The challenge of course is to achieve a smoothness and balance in the drink with nothing extraneous, with nothing but the harmony created between the kinds of alcohol used, in perfect proportion to each other. So with this in mind, and in honor of Antonioni’s creative spirit and visionary achievement, I present to you my Scaffa Trilogy**… *Thanks, Wikipedia! **These drinks are ideal as an after dinner digestif, as a nightcap, or if you simply want a cocktail of delicious complexity and smoothness to relax you as your worries fade away.
L'AVVENTURA 1 part Tia Maria Dark Liqueur 1 part Bénédictine ¼ part Chambord ¼ part Disaronno Originale dash of Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters Build in a tumbler without ice. Stir. Garnish with a Tillen Farms Bada Bing cherry (with stem) and a lemon peel.
The second drink of the Trilogy. The strongest and darkest (can you say The Empire Strikes Back?)
LA NOTTE 1 part Salignac Cognac V.S. 1 part Root Liqueur 1 part Bénédictine* Build in a tumbler without ice. Stir. Garnish with a Tillen Farms Bada Bing cherry (with stem). *can substitute B&B
The smoothest, most relaxing and satisfying of the three...
L'ECLISSE 1 part Drambuie 1 part E&J Brandy ½ part Nocello Walnut Liqueur ½ part Dark Crème de Cacao dash of Fee Brothers Plum bitters Build in a tumbler without ice. Stir. Garnish with a dried Orange slice.
And check this out: Scaffa-Style
PLUS the BLOG entries for January 6, 2017: La Strada: A New Cocktail in the "Scaffa Style", January 10, 2017: A Warming Drink for a Cold Winter's Night: More Scaffa!, and January 29, 2017: Scofflaw: A New Cocktail. A Response to the Absurd, the Unjust, the Tyrannical. and February 9. 2017: The Curious Rise & Precipitous Fall of the Orange Oligarch: A Cocktail of Hope