Wednesday, June 12, 2013
"Perfect" Summer Negroni
As you may be able to tell from some of my previous posts, I've become a little more adventurous with my beverage making endeavors. Tonight, I had a hankering for something a little sweet and sophisticated. I had initially wanted to attempt a traditional gin-based Negroni, but seeing bottles of both "sweet" and "dry" vermouth on the shelf, I thought, "Why not go the whole nine yards and make a "perfect" negroni."
"Perfect" meaning equal parts "sweet" and "dry" vermouth...which I didn't know until Vic told me. If you like gin, you will like this drink.
So, tip for sounding like an alcohol know-it-all at the bar: apparently, one can make any drink requiring vermouth "perfectly." "I'll take a "Perfect Manhattan. Up, please!" You can thank me later, after you snag a date with the impressed stud sitting at the bar.
You will need:
1 1/2 oz. London dry gin (that's the larger side of the jigger)
1 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
2-3 drops bitters (optional, but it cuts the sweetness nicely)
garnish with an orange wedge
Fill each serving glass with ice and pour that amount into the shaker. Combine all ingredients.
Stir ingredients well, for a good minute.
Pour mixture over new ice.
Gracie reminded me too late that garnishing the glass with an orange wheel is very important. Thanks for the tip, pooch. I'll try it next time!
If you like your Negroni a little less sweet, you might try using Martini Rossi vermouth, but I liked the Dubonnet. I want to stress though, that it is important to stir your concoction well in the shaker so you get a little more water content in your drink. You don't want an overly-concentrated Negroni.
The last part is up to you: decide where you want to relax and enjoy your drink. I found out the easy way that sitting outside on a deck in the evening isn't such a bad scenario.
Let me know what you all come up with!