All praise is due to Salty Sow Austin* for putting me on to the gustatory greatness of the Grand Poppy aperitive from LA's own Greenbar Craft Distillery. Greenbar is the first distillery in Los Angeles since Prohibition and they produce a variety of organic spirits for you to drink and/or pontificate about. As the name implies, Grand Poppy aperitive is derived from the California poppy (that's Eschscholzia californica to all you taxonomy nerds), which happens to be the Golden State's official flower. But despite the fact that it's manufactured less than six miles from my apartment, I first encountered this charming liqueur in the Lonestar State, standing in for Campari, in a delicious negroni variation (dubbed the Pigroni, because puns). So impressed was I by this cocktail that, upon my return to the City of Angels, I promptly bought a bottle of Grand Poppy and, after some rigorous experimentation at home, am pleased to report that it is a more than worthy understudy for your traditional Italian aperitivo of choice. In addition to an incredible depth of flavor, Grand Poppy has unparalleled environmental cred, given that Greenbar uses lightweight bottles, 100% recycled labels, and even goes as far as planting a tree for every bottle sold. If all that wasn't enough to convince you, then I just dare you to try it. I double doggy dare you, dear reader. I googolplex dare you. I infinity dare you.
*Salty Sow is the absolute fucking shit, bruh. Don't sleep on this.
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