Saturday, January 16, 2016
Amaro Negroni Cocktail
Italy is on my mind.
Just booked a trip later this year to Venice and I can't stop thinking about it.
So, last night, we headed out to a new local Italian place, Amaro. We had a nice cocktail to start, I had the Americano (Campari, Sweet Vermouth and soda), and my hubby had the Amaro Negroni. Both were great, but we both liked his better. So today was the day to recreate this cocktail at home.
Now a traditional Negroni is equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. This one had Amaro in it. Amaro is a sweet and bitter herbal Italian Liqueur and quite delicious. Now one thing the drink menu didn't tell me is if the Amaro was used in place of the Campari, so obviously a little taste testing was in order.
Sweet, herbal, bitter, delicious.
After much discussion and sip, sip, sipping, here's the recipe we liked best.
1 oz gin
1 oz Amaro
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
Orange peel, twist and garnish
Pour the gin, Amaro, Campari and sweet vermouth over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake, shake, shake and then strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist the orange peel, releasing the oils, and then add the peel to the drink.
Serve and dream of cozy Fall nights in Venice.