Punt e Mes was born one day in 1870 in the Carpano workshop, when a man in the throes of an intense conversation ordered vermouth with a half dose of Cinchona, using the expression "Punt e Mes." The new cocktail began being ordered using a gesture: lifting the thumb (a Punt) and then drawing a horizontal line in the air (Mes) with the outstretched hand.
Punt e Mes is a vermouth known throughout the world for its ability to balance intriguing citrus notes typical of Carpano, the bitterness of bark from the cinchona tree, and absinthe. Punt e Mes is known for its dark red color and vermilion colored veins. Its scent includes the aromas of the Porto wine of Portugal, aromatic herbs, soft caramel, and cloves.
Punt e Mes can be enjoyed with ice, smooth, with soda water, or in a variety of cocktails. It is the star of the original cocktail "MI-TO", a name and taste combining the cities of Milan and Turin in a single drink.
1 ¼ Punt e Mes
To prepare, fill a large tumbler with ice, pour 1 ¼ oz Punt e Mes, and 1 ¼ of Bitter and stir gently.
For a particularly refreshing cocktail, simply add a spray of soda water, and garnish with an orange peel.