He knows me well.

When Chris handed me this week’s cocktail, I asked him what was in it. He replied “All of your favorite things.” One sip and I knew he was absolutely right.

Featuring Rum, Nocino, and brandied Cherries – how could you possibly go wrong? (No offense to Angostura bitters of course, but it’s so ubiquitous I’m not sure if makes my “favorite things” list.) I suppose you could argue that this is another take on an Old Fashioned – and I wouldn’t disagree. (I’d be too busy finishing it!)


This liqueur is fairly uncommon but will always have a spot on our backbar. It’s a key ingredient in one of my favorite Manhattan variations (yes, there’s one we haven’t published yet!) and always seems to do good things when Chris puts it in a drink. Sadly, it’s also one of the more expensive and harder-to-come-by liqueurs. There’s a rumor you can make it yourself – but we haven’t tried it yet (and we will as soon as I can get my hands on green walnuts!)

If you can’t get your hands on this delicious liqueur (I’m so sorry…) go ahead and give this cocktail a go with another nut liqueur like Frangelico, Noisette or (if you must) Amaretto.


Favorite Things

Favorite Things

This cocktail really is “my favorite things” – Rum, Nocino, Bitters and Brandied cherries. Delicious!
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Course: Drinks


  • 1 1/2 oz Light Rum (We used Papa Pilar’s)
  • 1/2 oz Nocino
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 ea Brandied Cherries


  • Combine all ingredients except cherries in a mixing glass and stir.
  • Strain into a bucket glass with one large ice cube.
  • Garnish with two cherries on a cocktail pick.