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The Best Version of a Negroni

November 08, 2016
The Best Version of a Negroni

Now I know that some people absolutely love Negronis, but I have to say that they haven’t been my favourite, in fact I hadn’t been tempted to try one until recently. So I was interested to learn what makes a great negroni & how much better one made with good ingredients tastes.

A classic Negroni is made with equal parts Campari, gin and vermouth poured over ice and finished with orange peel, ideally passed quickly over a flame to release that beautiful orange scent. This is a drink that has got a cult following, so we sort expert advice before creating our own version.

For our version of the Negroni, our resident mixologist @roctail recommended starting with a really good gin, and that was easy. Four Pillars Gin, is a stellar locally made gin out of Melbourne, and they kindly sent us a bottle of their Spiced Negroni Gin .

We used Campari bitters in our mix, but if you really want to take your Negroni to the next level try using a French bitters called Dolin Bitter de Chambery.

For the Vermouth you can use a Noilly Pratt, but this makes for a very dry & bitter drink, and I didn’t like the taste. Instead we substituted for another locally made spirit – Maidenii is a Classic Vermouth bottled at Harcourt, a little town North of Melbourne. This is seriously a tasty Vermouth – its really drinkable on its own over ice.

Instead of the classic twist of fresh orange peel to garnish we used a ring of dehydrated blood orange - it looks stunning & gives a really subtle citrus flavour. These are surprisingly easy to prepare at home - preheat your oven to the lowest setting - 60 or 70 degrees is ideal and then lay the round slices of blood orange out on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Leave them in the oven for approximately 6 hours to dehydrate fully and then store in an air-tight container.

We chose a stemless wine glass to serve our Negronis in - not the traditional choice but looked great.

We hope you enjoy what we think is the best version of a Negroni, and features some great Australian spirits from small batch manufacturers.

Negroni 1 3

Steps 1 to 3 - take your stemless wine glass, add a generous handful of ice, then pour in a measure of Campari, and add in a ring of the dehydrated blood oranges.

Negroni 4 6

Steps 4 to 6 - add a measure of gin, and finish of with a measure of Vermouth. Stir and enjoy!

Feeling inspired to enjoy some great cocktails over Summer? Check out these other two recipes we loved, the French 75 and possibly the best tasting G & T you'll ever drink.

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