Negroni Nirvana – Well hey there little laddie

by KeithP on April 20, 2012

How do you top a day of smoky Negroni’s?  Simple, do another day of Negroni riffing using a smoky ingredient.  Today, Negroni Nirvana is left longing for another bout of smoky goodness and so we embrace our singular favorite spirit … Islay whisky.

Today’s offered recipe is one that I mixed up one night in the middle of prepping for this great adventure and it was a simple result of heavy bottle diving in our cabinet of goodies.  There is absolutely nothing original about it nor do I claim this to be an original recipe.  The thought was simple, having subbed in several different base spirits (for the original gin) against the back drop of sweet vermouth and Campari we thought “what the heck” in terms of using a little Islay.

The drink works pretty well I think — the briny, heavily peated flavor of the whisky is a wonderful match for the punch of bitterness.  The smoke seems to bring out the orange flavors of the Campari and in turn allows the natural grain flavor of the whisky to also become more pronounced.  I like the Dolin Rouge in this mixture as I feel it has a more “orchard” like fruit flavor profile and higher sweetness content versus the Carpano.

*Note:  in the below version, we used the bottle of McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey that we had on hand as it mirrors an Islay nicely.  When we originally “created” the Laddie Negroni, we used Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

Laddie Negroni
Recipe adapted by theSpeakista  

•    1 oz Islay whisky  
•    1 oz Dolin Rouge vermouth
•    1 oz Campari  
Garnish: orange twist
Glass: chilled Old Fashioned glass
Tools: mixing glass, bar-spoon and julep strainer

Assembly: Add all of the ingredients to the mixing glass and stir for several minutes with plenty of cracked and non-cracked ice until well chilled (adding in additional ice as needed along the way) and strain into the serving glass containing ice. Garnish and serve.

Ah, smoky goodness.  Tomorrow we receive a visit from an old (friend).

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Alex April 21, 2012 at 3:44 am

Laddie… Bruichladdich? Recently I made it with Caol Ila 12yo Scotch, and it was very peaty cocktail despite Campari strong kick.
I didn’t understand who invented the cocktail? I mixed various scotches with Campari and sweet vermouth for almost two years until found this combination with Caol Ila – my lovest one…

KeithP April 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’ve tried it with two types of “islay” and it worked great. not sure a blended, with its more demure profile would hold up as well to the campari.

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