“It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the year!” YES YES Y’ALL, it’s Negroni Week!
Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you know I have a thing for the Negroni. Give them to me, give me variations, give me so so many variations!
To start this week off, I’m gonna give y’all several of my fave Negroni recipes.
Firstly, a classic Negroni. I like to make it with the exact ingrdients listed below and bottle it ahead of time to use as an ingredient in cocktails or to sip on. The longer you leave it in the bottle, the better the flavors marry together.
Home Bar Girl’s Classic Negroni
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula
- 1 oz Plymouth Gin
- Garnish: Orange peel rose
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into double rocks glass over one big rock. Express Orange peel, curl into a rose, and garnish.
This next one came from a mad-scientist moment where my mind said, “gurrrl, what if you put a Sazerac with a Negroni…” OHHHHHHHH. IT’S SO GOOD!
- 1 3/4 oz Negroni (Plymouth Gin, Carpano Antica, Campari)
- 1 1/4 oz Rye
- 2 Dashes of Regans’ Orange Bitters
- St. George Absinthe Verte Rinse
- Garnish: expressed and discarded Lemon Peel
Rinse a double Rocks glass with Absinthe and chill. Combine Negroni, Rye and Orange Bitters over cracked ice and give it a very looooooooong stir. Strain into chilled glass. Express and discard Lemon Peel. Santé!
*Keep in mind that this is a very exact drink. Too much of any ingredient and the balance is way off.
Now it’s time for a couple of Negroni Bianco recipes. I honestly have to say that I drink Negroni Bianco variations as much as I drink ones with Campari in them.
- 1 oz BMD Ethereal Gin Batch 11 (sub any Dry Gin)
- 1 oz Dolin Blanc
- 1 oz Carpano Dry (sub Dolin Dry)
- 1 dash Pernod Pastis
- Garnish: Lemon Peel
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into coupe. Express Lemon Peel and garnish.
This is a bit of a wild card as far as Negroni variations go for two reasons: 1. Four ingredients, 2. Rum. Yeah y’all, a Rum Negroni can be amazing! Denizen Aged White Rum has a lot of Banana, funky, grassy and fruity notes and it plays really well with the rest of the ingredients.
- 1 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
- 3/4 oz Fennel infused Dolin Blanc (sub Dolin Blanc)
- 1/2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
- 1/2 oz Salers Aperitif
- Garnish: Lemon peel
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into Double Rocks glass over ice. Express Lemon peel and garnish.
Lastly, one the most interesting Negroni variations I’ve come up with: the BanaNegroni.
- 1 1/2 oz Espolón Reposado Tequila
- 3/4 oz Amaro CioCiaro
- 1/2 oz Giffard Banane du Bresil
- 1 dash Dale Degroff’s Pimento Bitters
- Garnish: Orange Peel
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into double Rocks glass with ice. Express Orange Peel and garnish.
Cheers and may your #NegroniWeek be divine!