It was Negroni Week again and you know what that means! Negroni's in all of there wonderful incarnations. Check out their website right here
We've got two of them for you this week.
First up is the Phony Negroni by Cocktail Builder. This one uses Aperol instead of Campari and whole bunch of citrus juice!
The Phony Negroni
1 1/2 oz of Gin
1/2 oz of Aperol
1/2 oz of sweet vermouth
1 oz of grapefruit juice
1/2 oz of Lime Juice
1/4 oz of Orange Juice
1/4 oz of simple syrup
2 dash of orange bitters
Shake all ingredients. Strain into collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with an orange wedge speared with a Luxardo cherry.
It's not a Negroni but it's so close. If anything, it's an entry level Negroni. With all the fruit juice in it, it tames what little bitterness comes through from the vermouth and the Aperol. A little comes back in though with the big hit of grapefruit juice. It's still a little sweeter than your average Negroni. It's very refreshing and would make a hot summer night quite bearable.
Up next it the big Negroni mistake. The Negroni Sbagliato. Apparently, the bartender who was making the drink, grabbed sparkling wine instead of gin. The rest, as they say, is history!
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. lightly sparkling wine
Tools: mixing spoon
Garnish: orange wheel
Combine vermouth and Campari in an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling wine, stir to combine and garnish.
It's so great when a mistake works out as well as this drink does. The Negroni flavour comes through but it's just a little softer with the bubbly instead of the gin. The Campari and the vermouth still carry the day. Try it on your friends.
You may want to bring your tool kit for out next episode. No spoilers though. See you next time!
Check out the opening moments of this weeks show right here!
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