24 May 2013
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.
1 oz gin
1 oz red vermouth
1 oz Campari
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.