Matteo Ricci

matteo ricci

Matteo Ricci was an Italian missionary in the late 1500’s. He arrived at the Portuguese settlement of Macau and began missionary work that took him across the entire country. In 1601, the Wanli Emperor who wished to put his knowledge of astronomy and the science behind calendars invited him to the Forbidden City. This made him the first European to make enter this incredible place and this drink is homage to the two countries.


Equipment: glass for mixing, cocktail spoon, coupe or martini glass, strainer

2 oz white rum

½ oz bourbon

½ oz Averna Amaro

2 dashes Scrappy’s Orleans bitters

Dried tea leaves for garnish


Combine rum, bourbon, Averna and bitters in mixing glass with ice. Stir for 15-20 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a pinch of dried tea leaves. Cheers!

matteo ricci


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