I’m going FULL #NegroniWeek here at Home Bar Girl because I love rules. Yes, as hilarious as that sounds about a “grrrrrl making fabulous cocktails”, it’s true. The thing I dig about the Negroni rules are that it forces me to stick to an idea. And even though I really like to break the Negroni Rule of 3 (hello, I’m all about a four ingredient Negroni variation), I still have to keep the spirit of the drink intact.
Today’s variation was totally inspired by my fave summer Gin: Bimini Gin. The very first time I tried this Gin, I knew I wanted to put it in a Negroni Bianco. Bimini Gin is a light, bright Gin from Maine and though the juniper is there, it takes a back seat to a whole bunch of citrus notes.
And when I find a Gin that’s full of Citrus notes, I think “MELISSA!” Yes y’all, it’s time for another cocktail with Lemon Balm cause I cannot get enough of Melissa officinalis.
Something else about Bimini Gin in a Negroni Bianco made me want to use two kinds of Dolin Vermouth. The Blanc cause duh, but the Dry was calling my name from the fridge. So I said, “Ok, y’all can both be in the drink but only if the Salers agrees to it!” The Salers DID agree, so here we have a four ingrdient Negroni Bianco. (Rules? What rules?)
Sweet Melissa, how I love thee, let me count the springtime ways!
- 1 1/4 oz Bimini Gin
- 3/4 oz Dolin Blanc
- 1/2 oz Dolin Dry
- 1/2 Salers Aperitif
Garnish: Lemon Balm leaf
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into double Rocks glass over ice. Spank the Melissa, rub it on the rim of the glass, and garnish.
SUUUUUUPER nice for this late spring #NegroniWeek! Cheers!
Welcome to #NegroniWeek 2015! Negroni Week is put on by Campari and Imbibe Magazine as a charity drive for bars and restaurants to participate in. You can find out all about it here.
We’ve done it! We’ve reached the end of Negroni Week! Did you have a good time? Make any good Negroni Variations? Did you totally run out of that Bottled Negroni that we made in a post from May 31st? I totally did.
If you’ve read this blog for awhile, then you know I love the Negroni Bianco in all its forms. I love sipping them on a sunny Sunday afternoon, while reading a good book, or sneaking one into the park. I love having one in place of a Martini when I want something a little less boozy and a little more flavourful. It seems only fitting that we end #NegroniWeek with this nice soothing variation.
The Negroni Blanc uses two white Vermouths instead of a Vermouth and a Gentian Liqueur (like Suze or Salers), a bit of Pernod Pastis, and one of my new favourite Gins, Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ethereal Gin Batch 11. I got this fabulous Gin whilst I was on vacation in the Berkshires a couple of weeks ago because it’s a totally awesome Modern American Gin. With notes of cinnamon & allspice in addition to the regular set of Gin botanicals and a viscosity that you can almost sink your teeth into, the BMD Ethereal Gin Batch 11 is perfect for the Negroni Blanc.
- 1 oz BMD Ethereal Gin Batch 11 (sub Greenhook Dry, Dorothy Parker, Hayman’s Old Tom)
- 1 oz Dolin Blanc (sub Lillet Blanc)
- 1 oz Carpano Dry (sub Dolin Dry)
- 1 dash Pernod Pastis (sub Herbsaint, Pernod Absinthe)
- Garnish: Lemon Peel
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into coupe. Express Lemon Peel and garnish.
Oh, and last night I got new vintage coupes! Beautiful eh? The wonderful people at Adaptations NY are now responsible for around half of my vintage glassware collection. Thanks y’all!
Woo! Y’all, it’s me, my new fave Hawaiian Shirt and The Other White Negroni at Smock Podcasting for the show Strong Takes! That’s right, I’m on a podcast! (Episode 10 – Dani DeLuna) A very nice dude named Corey Smock interviewed me and asked me all sorts of questions about being a Home Bar Girl. I brought a drink for us to share called The Other White Negroni and we chatted about various topics.
It was loads of fun and Corey is the nicest man in the world, so head over to iTunes and check it out!
Recording gear and The Other White Negroni
If Corey liked it, I’m sure y’all are going to love The Other White Negroni. (Corey used to be a bartender and he knows what’s up.) The inspiration for this drink is my total obsession with White Negronis aka, Negroni Bianco. I actually have an entire post dedicated to several White Negroni Variations and since then I’ve probably created five or six more. For this particular cocktail, I used Fennel infused Dolin Blanc cause it’s divine.
Fennel infused Dolin Blanc
- 300 ml Dolin Blanc
- approx 1/2 Fennel Bulb
Roughly chop Fennel Bulb and combine in jar, stirring every hour or so. Infuse for around 5.5 hrs, then fine strain.
The Other White Negroni
- 1 oz Denizen Aged White Rum (Banks 5 Year Rum would also be awesome)
- 3/4 oz Fennel infused Dolin Blanc
- 1/2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin (Plymouth Gin would also be awesome)
- 1/2 oz Salers Aperitif (Suze Aperitif would also be awesome)
- Garnish: Lemon peel
Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into Double Rocks glass over ice. Express Lemon peel and garnish.
Damn. I cannot get enough of these Negroni Bianco and I cannot tell you how excited I am to be on this episode of Strong Takes!
The Negroni Bianco: So many Variations, so many options, so little time. After acquiring some Cocchi Americano and Salers Aperitif, I knew, I just knew that I would be destined to make at least a dozen Negroni Bianco Variations in a very short amount of time. Don’t worry, I won’t force you to read through all of my trials and tribulations, just the top 4.
These cocktails are all stirred on cracked ice and served up.
Variazioni #1: Salers Bianco
- 1 oz Mayfair London Dry Gin
- 1 oz Dolin Dry
- 1 oz Salers Aperitif
- Celery Bitters
The Salers and Celery Bitters really shine through on this one. Very Herbaceous, very Gentian, very Provençal.
Variazioni #2: Mt Tam Negroni
- 1 oz St George Terroir Gin
- 1 oz Cocchi Americano
- 1 oz Dolin Blanc
- Lemon Peel
St George Terroir Gin is the star of the show here. Cocchi Americano and Dolin Blanc create a nice undercurrent of subtle flavours upon which the supremely awesome Mt Tam botanicals rest.
Variazioni #3: New York Negroni
- 1 oz Dorothy Parker Gin
- 1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 1 oz Cocchi Americano
- 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
This totally tastes like what any serious Martini-type New Yorker would drink if they wanted a different cocktail. Dorothy Parker comes through first, Dolin Dry second and then Cocchi Americano and Orange Bitters. Sublime.
Variazioni #4: DiLuna Negroni
- 1 oz Plymouth Gin
- 1 oz Dolin Dry
- 1 oz Suze
- Lemon Peel
I’ve made it a habit of ordering this particular variation at bars which serve Suze and on multiple occasions have been asked by the bartender, “Wow! Did you make this up?” Yes, yes I did. One bartender at Marco’s in Brooklyn even strongly suggested that I name it before someone else does.
Enjoy these variations and please submit any of your own in the comments or send them to email@example.com!