The Other Sweet Science -- Pugilecello
"Sweet science" refers to boxing, a sport of brutal elegance. Although the genesis of the term is unclear, it pays homage to the simultaneous focus on objective "science" (e.g. physics, leverage, power) and subjective "sweet" art (e.g. timing, finesse, drama). The closest I get to boxing is going a couple of rounds on the heavy bag at the gym. I do this with all the grace and ferocity of the Tasmanian Devil (the cartoon character, not the animal) having a seizure.
Fortunately I'm much better at making cocktails and liqueurs. "Pugile" is the Italian word for boxer. Pugilecello is a combination of moracello (blackberry liqueur) and mirtillocello (blueberry liqueur). Here was my thought process in naming it: "black and blue" --"bruiser" -- "boxer." Making it is a lot easier than going a round with iconic American boxers such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, and Floyd Mayweather.
Round One -- Combine 12 ounces of blackberries (preferably organic), 12 ounces of blueberries (preferably organic), and one liter of 190 proof grain alcohol, e.g. Everclear, in a container. Wait one week.
Round Two -- Make super simple syrup with four cups of water and three cups of sugar. Wait until it cools to room temperature. Strain the berries from the Round One mixture and combine with the super simple syrup. Store in a cool, dark place for four weeks.
Round Three -- Savor this sweet science while watching a boxing match, clips of classic fights such as the Thrilla in Manila, or a movie such as Rocky (the first one is a great film, and like any good sports movie, it's only about the sport on its most superficial level).
Before you step into the ring with pugilecello, here's some advice -- it may float like a butterfly, but it can sting like a bee.