So back when I bought the bottle of Campari to make the Mediterranean Pink Lady, I thought to myself, “Well, you bought this whole bottle and used 1/2 oz. You better come up with something else to use it in.”
So, yesterday I consulted my trusty bar book and looked up Campari, hoping that there was a classic cocktail that used it. When I saw “Negroni” in the index, I felt like a total dolt that I had forgotten about it. This is not to say that I have ever had it before, but I had at least heard of it AND known that it was a Campari drink. Three ingredients only, gin-based. This seemed like a good thing, as I generally like gin (added bonus). Dave was home too, so I mixed up two versions- The Classic Negroni and the Negroni Cocktail. Same drink, same proportions, but one is topped off with a few ounces of club soda. That seemed more up my alley, so I gave Dave the one straight up.
I myself was not much of a fan (I was quite surprised), but Dave liked it. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that I cannot handle strong drinks- but there are worse problems to have. I asked him what his thoughts were and how he would describe it. So for anyone that’s interested and likes the taste of alcohol- “Sweet…. with a nice gin finish.”
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 2-3 oz club soda
- orange slice, for garnish
- Fill a highball glass with ice. Add gin, Campari, and vermouth to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and add to the highball. Top with club soda and garnish with the orange slice
- For the Negroni Cocktail, omit the club soda and serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
- Serve, sip, sit back, deep breath, relax, enjoy.