The Piney Elder

The first-century Roman author Pliny the Elder was known for his work in botany, including the first written reference to lupus salictarius, known today as hops. Inspired in part by Russian River Brewing Company's ode to the naturalist, the award-winning Pliney the Elder IPA, this cocktail mixes hoppy IPA with the herbaceous broVo Amaro No. 4, Luxardo Bitter and gin. The resulting cocktail is a fresh taste of nature befitting the honorable botanist.

The Piney Elder

Bitter, Dry


  • 1 oz gin
  • .5 oz amaro
  • .5 oz Luxardo Bitter Liqueur
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz rich simple syrup
  • IPA
  • miniature pinecone, for garnish
  • lemon twist


Step one

Begin by making a rich simple syrup with 2 parts sugar to one part water, and let cool.

Step two

Shake all ingredients except IPA with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled halfway with ice.

Step three

Top with an IPA of your choice.

Step four

Stir briefly to incorporate.

Step five

Garnish with the lemon twist rose and mini pinecone, using a skewer for balance if necessary.

Contributed by Mike & Paul from DrinksMadeEasy