Punt e Mes is a legend on its own. The story goes that back in 1870 a stock broker, caught up in a debate with a few colleagues at Bottega Carpano, ordered a vermouth laced with half a dose of quina liqueur, a kind of bitters. With a Piedmont dialect the expression “Punt e Mes”, roughly translates as “a point and a half”.
Over time, this nickname entered common usage thanks to the habit of regular Carpano customers who ordered Punt e Mes with only a hand gesture. To make the gesture, raise your thumb to mean “a point” and then rotate your wrist into the horizontal and move it to the side, which signifies the “half”. When the bartender saw that, he immediately knew the guest wanted a Punt e Mes.
Punt e Mes has a golden orange color with topaz tones and aromas of herbs with hints of quina, toffee and cloves. Pleasantly soft in taste, marked by captivating accents of zesty orange.
Excellent served straight with orange peel, perfect as a base for cocktails.