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SKIP ROCK DISTILLERS NOCINO WALNUT LIQUEUR • $30 Skip Rock Distillers founders Ryan and Julie Hembree’s Nocino was born out of a necessity to make lemonade out of lemons … or walnuts that were a nuisance on the couple’s property into nocino. Since then, demand for the liqueur has grown well beyond what the Hembrees’ trees can yield, and they rely on neighbors with English walnut trees and foragers to add unripe walnuts to the pot—it’s a community affair. I love that! Skip Rock ages the green nuts, spices, citrus, their unaged Belle Rose Rum, and house-made brandy in tanks for two years—adding water in slowly to prevent bitterness—before bottling it. The results are out- standing. Am I a terrible person if I admit that this is one bottle I don’t want to share? If you’ve been frightened off of amaro or if you just can’t handle its tongue-twisting, get yourself a bottle of Skip Rock’s Nocino. This digestivo’s bitterness is much more approach- able, and the layers of citrus and spice make it a great intro or even substitute THE FUN GUY By Jason Jorgensen 1½ oz. Rye Whiskey ½ oz. Skip Rock Distillers Nocino Walnut Liqueur ½ oz. Orange Liqueur A few dashes of Alley 6 Candy Cap Bitters Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express an orange peel over cocktail and serve. Alternatively, build all ingredients over ice in a DOF glass. Stir and garnish with a flamed orange peel. © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.