Pinned down along a broad stretch of coast for months, the American troops "were fixing up their own distilleries with barrels of dug-up vino, gasoline cans, and copper tubing from wrecked airplanes," Mauldin recalled in his memoir "Up Front." The result was a rough approximation of grappa.
"The doggies called it 'Kickapoo Joy Juice,' " named after the fierce moonshine in the "Li'l Abner" comic. "It wasn't bad stuff when you cut it with canned grapefruit juice."
Grappa-is now imported from Italy-made from distilled grape skins-or grappa
Usually aged for 2-4 years in oak casks before being bottled.
Ingredients-1.5oz. Italian Grappa, 3-4oz.grapefruit juice.
Preparation: In a tumbler filled with ice—add the liquid ingredients, stir and salute our vets.