It's so simple and just a little "peachy" which is why you'll fall for this delightful vermouth cocktail called the Norina. This simple aperitif adds a dry, herbal punch to a sweet peach liqueur. It's a very lovely mixture that is complex in flavor while keeping the drink incredibly simple.
Just as in any of the vermouth drinks (or any drink for that matter) the ingredients are going to make or break it. Vermouth is one of those that is often overlooked as far as quality goes and Cinzano Extra Dry is perfect for this cocktail. It comes from one of the best mid-range lines of vermouth and they're a great choice for everyday drinking. Pair it with a nice peach liqueur and you'll have an ideal complement to any meal.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the dry vermouth and peach liqueur.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
Serve and enjoy!
- There are many options for the peach liqueur. A cocktail like this is not the best place for super sweet peach schnapps, though. Instead, choose a top-shelf liqueur such as those from Berentzen, Marie Brizard, and Rothman & Winter. Giffard Crème de Pêche and premium peach brandies would be good choices as well.
- One thing to keep in mind with vermouth is that it has a short shelf life and it will go stale. Drink open bottles within three months and store it in the refrigerator.
- Liquor-only cocktails like this are often stirred rather than shaken, so use that mixing option if you prefer.
- Serving the Norina in a chilled cocktail glass really improves the drink. If you don't have one pre-chilled, place a few ice cubes in the glass while you mix and discard them before straining.
- Add a shot of gin or vodka if you like for a quick peach martini. In this case, pour 1 ounce of each ingredient. You may want to adjust the vermouth or liqueur slightly with different gins.
- Give the Norina a nice accent by adding two or three dashes of bitters. Peach bitters would be a natural complement, though orange or any other fruit bitters would be nice as well.
How Strong Is a Norina Cocktail?
Despite having no nonalcoholic mixers, the Norina is a light cocktail. Both vermouth and peach liqueur are low-proof drinks, with the liqueur being the most potent at an average of just 20 percent ABV (40 proof). When mixed up, they produce a drink that's 15 percent ABV (30 proof), which is like drinking chilled vermouth on its own.