Negronis

One of my favorite drinks is the Negroni.  It’s simple to make and has that bitternes that I enjoy.

A traditional Negroni (according to Mr Boston) is

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part sweet Vermouth
  • 1 part Campari

Like everything else there are a bagillion ways to make a Negroni, basically 3 liquors in equal parts.  Unlike a Manhattan, I like these “full sized” – around 2 1/4 oz to 3 oz total.  Like the Manhattans, I like them in a nice rocks glass with a large ice cube with a lemon twist.  These are always stirred over ice first – no shaking please.

For the sweet vermouthI prefer Antica Formula Carpano, for gin I am fond of Aviation gin but there are so many good gins out there try new ones.  I would make sure to use a good quality, citrus forward gin for Negronis.  I would not use a ginever gin (I don’t like the “whiskey edge” they bring) or a super, high end gin – save those for your martinis.

This list is in no particular order but twist my arm and I’ll ask for the salted Negroni

  • Negroni Bianco
    • 1 1/2 oz. American gin
    • 1 oz. Lillet or Suze
    • 1 oz. Dolin Blanc vermouth
  • Torino Negroni
  • Pale Negroni
    • 1 oz gin
    • 1 oz Campari
    • 1 oz Dolin Dry vermouth (Dry, not Blanc)
  • White Negroni
    • 1 1/2 oz gin
    • 3/4 oz Dolin Bianco Vermouth
    • 3/4 oz Suze
  • Salted Negroni
    • 1 oz gin
    • 1 oz sweet vermouth
    • 3/4 oz Campari
    • Pinch of salt
    • Garnish with a grapefruit, not lemon
  • Unusual Negroni
    • 1 ounce gin
    • 1 ounce Aperol
    • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • Negroni Sbagliato
    • 1/3 Red Martini
    • 1/3 Campari
    • 1/3 Prosecco (or equivalent)
  • White Negroni #2
    • 2 oz. gin
    • 1 1/2 oz. Italian Aperitif Wine (Lillet)
    • 1 1/2 oz. Suze
    • French Bitters
    • Orange twist
  • The Lady Sniper
    • 1 oz. blanco tequila or mezcal
    • 1 oz. Cynar
    • 1 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

Eventually, I’ll try some of these recipes out…