WhereYou Should Be Drinking: All Purpose + Primavera Cocktail Recipe

WhereYou Should Be Drinking: All Purpose + Primavera Cocktail Recipe

WhereYou Should Be Drinking: All Purpose

DC doesn’t really do pizza. This was an adjustment for us. One of us was raised in Chicago, which is, of course, famous for its pizza. That same one spent a few years in New Haven, which claims to be the birthplace of American pizza. Then both of us spent almost all of our adult lives in Boston, where the pizza isn’t necessarily distinctive or special, but it’s decent and omnipresent. So, we’ve never really lived in a place where pizza–especially good pizza–is hard to find.

We were therefore disproportionately excited when All Purpose Pizzeria opened. It’s quite good pizza, in an atypical pizza place. Perhaps not being familiar with how pizza joints are supposed to work, All Purpose fills out its menu with items that you might rather expect to find in a farm to table, New American place. Since we tend to prefer roasted Brussels sprouts to mozzarella sticks, that’s okay with us.

The bar is pretty decent as well. They have a number of interesting beers on tap, which were tempting; but we went with a cocktail instead.

What We Ordered

Primavera: gin, Cocchi di Torino, Cocchi Americano, lemon juice, orange bitters

What We Thought

We weren’t expecting lemon to take the lead, but we were glad it does. The drink is wonderfully tart, with the blend of fortified wines giving it greater depth and balance than a sour drink usually has. Citrus-forward and complex, it went great with pizza.

Primavera Cocktail Recipe

This is our guess, but it comes pretty close.


  • 1 1/2 oz dry gin
  • 1/2 oz Cocchi di Torino
  • 1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes bitters


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice to above the level of the liquid.
  • Shake for twenty seconds.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.

Roberts & June