Cocktail Couture: Tessora Lemon Cappuccini

November 07, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

The second in our Cocktail Couture series with Jenna Sais Quois is Tessora Limone, a wonderful liqueur I’ve just recently been introduced to! It’s new to the scene, but has already landed in over 100 restaurants and bars around the city and is available in over 30 stores by the bottle!

It’s not easy to describe Tessora, as it’s a one-of-a-kind drink. You can read a bit about their history, but if I were to describe it, I’d say it’s like a lemon creamsicle. Creamy like Bailey’s Irish Cream, with a nice lemon flavor-not tart or bitter, just smooth and a little bit sweet.  I’d be afraid to sit down with a bottle next to me, it might disappear faster than lemonade!


This recipe is straight off Tessora’s website and was created by Craig Loose, the bartender at Black Creek Bistro. (Who, by the way, serves all sorts of local spirits!) Since I knew so little about Tessora, I wanted a trusted recipe source. Well, I lucked out. This drink is my favorite of the series. I love unusual drinks, and this fits the bill. I would never have thought to combine lemon and coffee flavors, but this is just brilliant.


Lemon Cappuccini

Distinctive Cappuccino flavors with hints of lemon and cream.  1 bean for luck, 1 bean for life, and 1 bean for love.

2 oz Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, chilled
3/4 oz Tessora Liqueur, chilled
Garnish with 3 Espresso Beans

Mix and serve in vintage cocktail glasses. These glasses came from a shop in Sunbury, Ohio, Village Square Antique Mall. There are many vendors inside one building, and one in particular, NouVeau Bohemian, that I love to shop with. She always has something I didn’t know I needed, but now can’t live without.

In making this a second time, I’d play around with the proportions, maybe adding more Tessora. Once it chilled in the refrigerator for a bit the flavors married nicely, so you could prepare a bunch overnight for a party the next day.

The jewelry is from my Cocktail Couture partner, Jenna Brucoli. I got to prop shop in her amazing collection of vintage accessories, and these immediately caught my eye. I love clothing that mimics food, and these strands look like wonderfully colorful hard candy. She’s created a beautiful design around the photos and added her own style to the story. Make sure to check out her post!

Don’t forget about our previous Cocktail Couture post for Watershed Gin!


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