Isabella Ross Bellini
In Season 3, Episode 5, TOW Frank Jr., Ross painstakingly composes his “freebie list” — a list of five celebrities you’re allowed to sleep with and your partner can’t get mad. He mulls over the possibilities — Elizabeth Hurley, Isabella Rossellini, Michelle Pfeiffer — and finally narrows it down to a list of five. He bumps Isabella off the list for Winona Ryder, after Chandler points out that he has to play the odds — he’s far more likely to run into Winona Ryder in New York than Isabella Rossellini.
Of course, we all know that doesn’t happen — he does run into Isabella, and when he flirts with her and insists that it’s okay that they’re talking, since she’s on his list, and she actually looks at the list, she sees that she’s not on it. In a cameo that goes down in history, Isabella Rossellini steals our hearts — and inspires our signature beverage: The Isabella Ross Bellini.
We paired prosecco with limoncello to fully appreciate all of the delicious Italianness that Isabella graces us with this week. We also wanted to up the ante a bit, so we added ginger bitters. Why? Because Frank Jr. (Giovanni Ribisi) is sort of a redhead (aka ginger), and Ross is definitely very bitter by the end of the episode, kicking himself that he knocked Isabella off his list.
This is our recipe, but play around with the ratios, since it’ll depend on how sweet vs. dry your prosecco is, how tart vs. sweet your limoncello is, and how strong your ginger bitters are! Prime example: Elizabeth used three drops of bitters, whereas Heather used 10!
ISABELLA ROSS BELLINI
1 ounce limoncello
A few drops of ginger bitters
Combine the limoncello and bitters in a champagne flute. Top off with prosecco and enjoy the fizzy, slightly bitter goodness!