Sangue di Gambi

John Filkins, Officina | Washington, D.C.

“When I think of a great winter drink, I look for something that warms you up, has great texture and has notes of baking spices like cinnamon, clove and allspice,” says John Filkins, beverage director for Washington, D.C.’s Officina. “And for winter cocktails, I love incorporating alpine styles of amaro.” His Sangue di Gambi, named after a notorious Italian pirate from the early 1800s, marries a lightly sweet Demerara rum redolent with baking spices, a rich, alpine-inspired amaro and a bright and vinous aperitvo bitter for a much heartier Negroni riff.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces aged demerara rum, preferably El Dorado 12 Year Rum
  • 1/2 ounce Cappelletti Vino Aperitivo Americano Rosso
  • 1/2 ounce Varnelli Amaro Sibilla

Garnish: orange twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.