Friday, November 14, 2014

Drinks with Reads: Crimini and Grappa

Photo by Aaron Johnson

The gang at SoHo Crime has been matching great reads with great drinks. Today Andy from their team has brought us Crimini, The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction, edited by Giancarlo De Cataldo, paired with a fabulous grappa with a special Italian flair. 
First a little about the book:
Italian crime writers present nine gripping, often darkly humorous short-stories with settings ranging from Milan to Palermo by way of Rome and even Guadeloupe. The mafia is not just Sicilian but also Albanian, Croatian and Chinese.
These tales do not feature psychopathic cannibals or obscure power mad sects but ordinary criminals: a drug-addled cosmetic surgeon, inept blackmailers and various other low-lifes lusting after easy money.
Authors include Italy's best crime writers Ammaniti, Carlotto, Camilleri, Lucarelli, Fois and others. De Cataldo is the editor of the 'Crimini' anthology, a best selling crime writer and an essayist and playwright.
And now for the the drink:
No need to set the table; barrel-aged grappa and a couple slices of prosciutt’ make for dinner in a glass.

Prosciutto and Melon
1.5 oz. of barrique (barrel-aged) grappa
2 honeydew or cantaloupe balls
2 pieces thinly sliced prosciutto
- Shake grappa with ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with prosciutto-wrapped melon balls on toothpick.

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