So, waaaaay back in March 2012 (seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?) I regaled you with my impression of the Negroni, a gin/campari drink that I found extremely bitter and somewhat unpalatable. I then began seeing the Negroni on menus everywhere, on facebook status updates frequently, and one day, Everett ordered one. I took a sip and was amazed, the balance of bitter and sweet, the citrus notes, all blended to make a complex, flavorful and dare say delicious drink. What was mine missing?
I did some research on the interwebs and found people even harder at work than me at cocktail hobby-ing. People who tried 10 different gins and at least 4 different sweet vermouths with Campari being the only constant. That is 40 different Negronis! It would take me 4-6 months at least to try all those and that is if I were only drinking Negronis. Anyways, some suggestions of using higher end vermouth were well taken, as well as using a different gin (Bombay Dry, my go to for martinis now). I also have aqcuired some orange oil, and one drop makes a huge difference in drinks that need a citrus nose.
So, I made another attempt at the Negroni and was pleasantly surprised. I liked it! I really really liked it!
Without further ado......
1.5 oz gin
1 oz campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 drop orange oil
Stir on ice
Strain into glass with a large ice cube
Twist a large orange peel over drink and place in the glass