Recipe: White Noise Cocktail

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(Image credit: Peter Frank Edwards)

This is one of our most popular drinks. It has been on the menu at Portland Hunt + Alpine Club since we opened without a break, and it is a drink that we are incredibly proud of. It’s simple yet pleases many different types of guests on multiple levels.

First and foremost, it’s so delicious that almost everyone enjoys it. Slightly sweet without being syrupy, it’s a perfect drink to sip while deciding on din­ner. It uses Cocchi Americano Bianco, a product imported from Italy that uses wine as its base. The wine is fortified, sweetened, and aromatized, leaving a pleasing play between sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. (It is an ingredient that even the geekiest cocktailian would be happy to serve a crowd.)

Our staff loves this drink because it’s very simple to make round after round (and they do get ordered by the table), so you’ll find it is a very easy drink to batch at home for a party as well. Finally, this drink is great because it’s low in alcohol; it is a great spacer when you feel like you don’t want something strong, and it’s wonderful to sip all night long when you’re just not in the mood for stronger spirits.

37 Ratings

White Noise

Makes1 drink, can be scaled (we make 5-gallon kegs of this drink at the restaurant)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces

    Cocchi Americano Bianco

  • 1 ounce

    elderflower liqueur

  • Ice

  • 2 ounces

    club soda

  • Grapefruit twist, for garnish

Equipment

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Instructions

  1. Place the Cocchi Americano Bianco and elderflower liqueur in a chilled double old fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice, and then top with the soda water. Stir gently to incorporate. Hold the grapefruit twist with both hands between your thumb and forefinger. Twist the peel over the cocktail. Rub the peel on the rim of the glass for extra flavor. Drop the peel into the glass.

Recipe Notes

Reprinted with permission from Northern Hospitality With The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club © 2018 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text and photography © 2018 Briana and Andrew Volk. Photography: Peter Frank Edwards. First published in 2018 by Voyageur Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

15 Ratings

White Noise (Pitcher Recipe)

Makes1 (64-ounce) pitcher (6 drinks, with ice)

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces

    Cocchi Americano Bianco

  • 6 ounces

    elderflower liqueur

  • 12 ounces

    soda water

  • Grapefruit twists, for garnish

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Instructions

  1. Pour the Cocchi Americano Bianco and elderflower liqueur into a pitcher.

  2. Fill the pitcher with ice, then top with the soda water.

  3. Stir gently to incorporate and garnish with several grapefruit twists. To serve, pour gently from the pitcher, making sure to spoon in some ice along with the liquid. Do not allow the drink to sit too long before serving, as the ice will melt and dilute it.

Recipe Notes

Reprinted with permission from Northern Hospitality With The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club © 2018 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text and photography © 2018 Briana and Andrew Volk. Photography: Peter Frank Edwards. First published in 2018 by Voyageur Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.)

Briana and Andrew Volk are the owners of Portland Hunt + Alpine Club and Little Giant in Portland, Maine. They live in Maine with their two children.

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