Classic negroni cocktail ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

24 May 2013

Classic negroni cocktail

classic negroni cocktail

Are you thirsty on this fine Friday? I certainly am.

John and I don't have a huge bar stash. Our kitchen only has so many shelves tall enough to hold liquor bottles; our local stores are only a few blocks' walk away. We generally buy whatever we'd like to drink when we want to drink it.

A couple bottles do make it into long-term storage, however. Cocktail bitters certainly stick around awhile. We buy gin in a 1.5L handle, because we like drinking it and the big bottle is cheaper. The homemade liqueurs obviously stay, since they have to age before they are drunk. And then there are the oddnesses: the bottles of akavit, red vermouth, and Campari that sit on the shelf for months simply because there are only so many drinks to be made with them.

One of those drinks is the negroni.

A classic negroni is made from equal parts gin, red vermouth, and Campari. It's obviously perfect for our current liquor cabinet, which holds practically nothing else on a regular basis anyway.

This cocktail is an acquired taste for an adult palate. It is bitter and requires sips. But this also makes it the perfect drink to nurse over a long stretch of lazy afternoon.

classic negroni cocktail

Classic negroni

1 oz gin
1 oz red vermouth
1 oz Campari
orange twist

Shake in an ice-filled shaker and garnish with a twist of orange peel. Note that I was too lazy to go pick an orange and make a twist.

There are so many great drink ideas out there right now! The Bojon Gourmet's ginger rhubarb bee's knees cocktail sounds amazing, as does Heather Christo's blueberry honey vodka lemonade. Ooh, and how about the Novice Chef's blueberry mojito? I guess what I'm saying is that I need more fruit in my drinks.

What are you drinking for the long holiday weekend?

* Genius that I am, I totally misnamed this drink at first! Nice job! I clearly need a holiday weekend.


Erin @ The Speckled Palate said...

I've never tried a Sazerac (except maybe at my in-law's house, and my father-in-law makes them REALLY STRONG), but this sounds like the kind of drink I could get behind and really enjoy. I like the idea of being able to sip ONE throughout the course of an afternoon because it sounds so, umm, responsible and delicious at the same time.

I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!

Michelle said...

Oh man, you just made me think about that negroni flip and that fun evening we had!

I need to restock my Campari. We don't have a convenient liquor store, so when I'm out I'm always out for awhile!

Anonymous said...

First you lure me in with comments about Modelo on my blog, and then I arrive here to find cocktails--I think you're sending me a sign :) Plus I've had some campari airplane bottles for ages (as in, kinda concerned about whether or not campari can go bad...) that I've had no idea what to do with. But I DO love my gin (is there anything more perfect than a gin and tonic on a hot summer evening?), so I'll have to try this!

foodfeud said...

my dream is to have a well-stocked bar but all goes too quickly. I would love to make this, and have a couple classy drinks in my repertoire. maybe someday.
Had a craving for a martini earlier... oof.
Welcome, weekend.

erin said...

I'm a student, and I live with students, so we are no strangers to buying drinks as we drink them. This is totally on my cocktail list, however. As soon as we save up enough to buy red vermouth AND campari. Gin we always have on hand :)

Marissa | Pinch and Swirl said...

The Negroni is one of our all time favs. It's a perfect summer sipper.

Monet said...

Our good friend introduced us to negroni last summer. I can't wait until I can have one again! Thank you for reminding me of how much I love it. I hope you have a wonderful week my friend!

Joanne said...

We have quite the barren liquor cabinet but I think we need to change that in the next year...purchasing the ingredients for a negroni sounds like the perfect place to start!

Jes said...

Perfect weekend drink! I can't wait to get our bar in order post-kitchen-redo-insanity :)