Subtly smoked speck and Pinot Grigio crafted from mineral-rich soils are what one gorges on while in Alto Adige, the famous gastronomic haven in Northern Italy. Roberto Deiaco, executive chef of the glam and modern Italian joint East 12th Osteria -- who grew up in that picturesque alpine setting -- would also suggest eating a myriad of crisp local apples.
"Harvest time reminds Roberto of his hometown, and his childhood picking apples in the backyard," says Giselle Deiaco, the chef's wife and business partner, who dreamed up the Feel the Love as an ode to "the crisp fall days" her husband savored as a kid.
The delicate drink pairs New York-made Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider with champagne, lemon and lime juices, and is imbued with an October-perfect punch of clove, ginger, citrus and cinnamon notes thanks to the addition of Baladin Nora -- one of the numerous Italian microbrews the restaurant serves.
Beyond its nostalgic effect, autumn is the couple's favorite season. The fruity, spicy dishes it inspires, says Giselle, "act as slow pulls to the holiday flavors to come."
3 oz. Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider
1 oz. Champagne Coquillette 'Carte d'Or' 1er Cru
1 oz. Baladin Nora
½ tsp. fresh, organic lemon juice
½ tsp. fresh, organic lime juice
Build ingredients in mixing tin. Chill over ice and strain. Serve up. Garnish with fresh apple blossoms and fresh organic apple disc.