Punt e Mes, literally a point and a half, is a vermouth with amaro added making it one point of sweetness and a half a point of bitterness.
The story goes that on 19 April 1870, a stockbroker ordered his usual Carpano vermouth but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression "Punt e Mes." The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch. The bizarre origin of this new name came into common usage not long after, with "regulars" of the Carpano wine shop ordering Punt e Mes with a gesture. Whereby they would only need to raise their thumb to mean one point and trace a straight line upwards in mid-air to mean a half point for the barman to understand straight away that they wanted a Punt e Mes.
Punt e Mes has a golden orange color with topaz tones, herby aromas and dark red, black dahlia with vermilion shades. The initial taste is one of sweetness, characterized by an intriguing accent of orange. This is followed by the characteristically bitter taste of the quina and ends on a sweet note. Punt e Mes is delicious served straight on the rocks with a slice of orange peel, but is also perfect as a base for cocktails such as the famous MITO, Negroni, Manhattan, and Boulevardier. (from Carpano)
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