If you’re anything like us, you probably wish you were drinking outside at an Italian cafe or sipping an Aperol Spritz on the beaches of Capri instead of sitting under glaring fluorescent lights while staring at a computer screen. But even if the duties of life’s responsibilities have you tied down, this drink will transport you to the old country with a single sip. "The anise pairs well with the grappa, combining to create an aroma that’s special to Italy,” say Giorgia Zedda and Luca Fadda, the husband and wife team behind NYC’s beloved Epistrophy. “In fact, there are many Italian liqueurs with similar flavors.” Grappa is the star of this cocktail, which is tempered with lime juice and sweet, floral St-Germain. The anise syrup is easy to make and will fill your home with the smell of the Italian countryside, which will help to tame your FOMO.
Using a little lime juice to make it stick, rim a rocks glass with lemon-rosemary salt. Set aside.
Add all ingredients, save for the garnishes, to a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into the rimmed rocks glass with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel, rosemary sprig and star anise pod.
Contributed by Epistrophy