Wednesday Movie Night … Sherlock Holmes and the Unusual Negroni

by KeithP on August 1, 2010

A little delayed in posting this past week’s WMN write up … too much going on.

WMN Movie Selection: Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

WMN Movie Review: Truth be told I had seen this movie previously at the theater and wasn’t in love with it when I saw it before so I thought to give it another go.  Sometimes hope is a good thing but in this case a second viewing yielded the same thoughts as before — the movie has some interesting aspects to it, good acting in a quirky part by RDJr but there’s too much of a muddled story.  The entire black arts thing doesn’t seem to really fit.

WMN Drink Theme: Barrel aging rejects … well not really, but sort of

WMN Drinks: the Unusual Negroni and the Trident

First up …

Unusual Negroni
Recipe sourced from The Washington Post (online) from October 3, 2007 – adapted from the original created by Charlotte Voisey

•    1 oz gin (Bombay Saphire was used)
•    1oz Aperol
•    1oz Lillet Blanc
Garnish: orange slice (none was used as, well, I didn’t have any …)
Glass: martini glass
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon and a julep strainer

Assembly: Add all ingredients to the mixing glass and stir with vigor for 30 seconds until very well chilled.  Strain the mix into the serving glass and consume away.

The verdict: In complete candor, this one really wasn’t up for mixing under Project Barrel Aging – but as I eluded to in my recent Project Barrel Aging post I have become enamored with the Negroni. In doing additional research on this drink and other possible derivations I came across this online article from the Post … I’m a huge fan of Aperol, dig gin and I like the effect of Lillet so I said “why not?”  Possessing a beautiful orange hue in the glass and a nice herbal-citrus aroma on the nose this drink is more muted then its kissing cousin.  Whereas the original is a huge punch of herbal, floral and bitter notes with the Campari owning the after taste this version is sweeter on the palate with the bitterness present at the front part of the sip versus the end.  Lingering at the end is the nice herbal tweaks from the gin and the Lillet … lighter and less bitter forward, this drink is a nice alternative to its more pronounced cousin.

theSpeakista’s Rating: 3 3/4  stars (out of 5)

On to our next victim I mean candidate and yes, this one really was in contention (still is for future aging attempts).  Jeffrey indicated in his write up that he was aging this drink and again in full disclosure I must admit I had never heard of this drink until I read his write up.  Aquavit now firmly ensconced in my cabinet of goodies along with Cynar off we went to mix up this possible candidate.

Recipe created by Robert Hess

•    1 oz Aquavit (Krogstad was used)
•    1 oz Cynar
•    1 oz dry sherry (Del Deque Amontillado Muy Viejo Jerez)
•    2 dashes Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
Garnish: lemon twist
Glass: champagne coupe or other cocktail glass
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon and a julep strainer

Assembly: Add all ingredients to the mixing glass and stir until very well chilled.  Strain the resulting drink into the serving glass, garnish and consume.

The verdict: Oh my dear … Jebus!  This drink is sssoooooo nice.  My only regret, ok I have two – first, I should have learned about and made this drink a long time ago and second, I wish it was cooler outside because this thing would be perfect on a cold day … it warms the spirit so nicely.  theSpeakista has only encountered Aquavit on special occasions and yet this spirit is nice; I opted to go for the Krogstad as my research netted near universal positive reviews.  An interesting contra to gin, it shares many similar herbal qualities but the caraway is the lead actor here. Paired with the Cynar, the deeply rich amaro the two seem to thrive off of one another for lead in this play yet neither dominates the other. Why? Hello Mr. Sherry.  I do not possess too much by way of sherry so I opted for the driest sample I had and I think I picked well … the sherry is a unifier in this mixture taming the two lead characters and mellowing the overall flavor profile.  Would like to see what a different, maybe sweeter sherry would do to the overall make up of the drink.  I can see why this drink has become a modern classic – it is fantastic!

theSpeakista’s Rating: 4 1/4 stars (out of 5)

theSpeakista asks:

1. Negroni? The Trident?  If you have encountered these two what are your thoughts?

2. As we seem to be into riffs … tell us a little bit about any cool ones you’ve experienced recently?

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