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PUNT E MES: ONE POINT OF SWEETNESS AND HALF A POINT OF BITTERNESS.

The highlight of any evening gathering: enjoying a Punt e Mes aperitif in company.

Punt e Mes is a legend in history. The story goes that on the 19th of April in 1870, a stockbroker, caught up in a discussion with colleagues while in the Carpano wine shop about the increase in share prices on that day – one and a half points – ordered his usual Carpano vermouth, but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression “Punt e Mes”. The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch, as recalled by the barman of the time Maurizio Boeris.

The bizarre origin of this new name came into common usage not long after, with “regulars” of the wine shop ordering Punt e Mes with a gesture, whereby they would only need to raise their thumb to mean one Point and trace a straight line upwards in mid-air to mean a Half point for the barman to understand straight away that they wanted a Punt e Mes. It was a favorite drink of the founder of FIAT, Giovanni Agnelli, as he recalled in his memoirs of 1916.

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Tasting Notes

NOSE: Dark red, black dahlia with vermilion shades and herby aromas
PALATE: The initial taste is one of sweetness, characterized by an intriguing accent of orange
FINISH: Characteristically bitter taste of cinchona bark and ends on a sweet note

Serving Suggestions

Punt e Mes is delicious served straight with a slice of orange peel but is also perfect as a base for cocktails such as the famous MITO, the Manhattan or the legendary 70's Punt e Mes.

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70's

INGREDIENTS
1 ½ oz. Punt e Mes
Tonic or Soda Water
1 Orange Peel

METHOD
In a short tumbler, without ice, pour 1 ½ oz. Punt e Mes and fill with cool soda or tonic water. Garnish with orange peel. For best results, Punt e Mes should be left in the fridge to cool before preparing the drink.

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Mito

Accolades

San Francisco World Spirit Competition Double Gold 2016

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL / BEST APERITIF

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016

GOLD MEDAL / 95 POINTS / BEST BUY

Beverage Testing Institute 2015

FINALIST

Ultimate Spirit Challenge 2015

92 POINTS

Ultimate Spirit Challenge 2015