Puch, a Washington-based website focusing on alcoholic drinks and those who drink them, has just published an article by Rafael Tonon (an “old friend” to the blog) about the traditional, and very popular, marianito, explaining what this Basque drink is all about.

Articles on this website have received four awards from the James Beard Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate, support, and raise up the people behind food culture in the United States.  The most recent was in 2022, right when Basque-American chef (and musician, and amazing cultural representative) Dan Ansotegui was named a semi-finalist in the chefs category.

Rafael Tonon has done exhaustive work to offer his global readers an immense amount of information and factoids about this traditional Basque cocktail, usually enjoyed on Sundays and holidays before a late lunch.  What’s more, this article will also make many Basques, ourselves included, aware of so much more about this drink which is such a part of our culinary culture.

Plus, this website also discusses another traditional Basque drink, including its recipe.  That would be a drink that’s popular among the Basques in the US: Picon Punch, which has grown to become the representative cocktail of Idaho.

Puch – 5/6/2023 – USA

Meet the Marianito, Bilbao’s Summery Negroni

On late Sunday mornings, Bilbao locals hit the bars of the Casco Viejo neighborhood in search of tortillas, anchovies en salazón, Biscayan cod, cheese crêpes and other diminutive yet delicious pintxos that have epitomized the food culture of the largest city in the Basque region. Each venue has its own specialty, an ideal way to sample a variety across different bars. But when it comes to drinks, almost all patrons have the same thing in their glass: a Marianito.

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Puch –  – USA

Receta del marianito

A vermouth-based cocktail ubiquitous to northern Spain, the Marianito combines sweet vermouth, gin, Campari and bitters, served up or over ice.

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Last Updated on Feb 12, 2024 by About Basque Country

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