Drink of the Week: Sutton & Celery at Cotogna
The idea for creating a new cocktail can come from some unlikely places. For Cotogna bar manager Jason "Buffalo" LoGrasso, it was the classic peanut butter on celery stick afterschool snack that inspired a new aperitivo cocktail, the Sutton & Celery ($10, Sutton Cellars Brown Label Vermouth, Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray celery soda, Small Hand Foods Orgeat).
It's a tasty combination in solid form that translates remarkably well to cocktail form. The locally produced Sutton Vermouth provides the alcohol, herbal, and spice foundation for a subtle, fresh vegetal quality of the celery seed based soda. The orgeat adds more than almond nuttiness, accenting the citrus and floral qualities of the vermouth while providing a little sweetness. The conceptual resemblance to the afterschool snack adds a whimsy that recalls days spent hard at play.
A light and cooling way to start a meal, the Sutton & Celery is low enough in alcohol to pair with most of the antipasti, including the renown sformato. Now that school's out for summer, feel free to order another.
Cotogna, 490 Pacific (at Montgomery), 775-8508