Cocchi, pronounced ko-key, is the name of the inventor of this luscious aperitif. It’s made from muscat wine with added sugar, herbs and spices. It’s aged for at least a year to let the ingredients integrate.
It is sweet, but with a bitter edge that keeps it from being cloying. It has floral and spicy aromas and flavors with enticing hints of orange.
It’s a hot item for many cocktail recipes, but it’s really at its best served as an aperitif over ice, with a twist of orange. Because of the alcohol, sugar and herbs, an opened bottle will keep several weeks in the fridge.