Negroni Nirvana – Ah, those lovely windmills …

by KeithP on May 10, 2012

Narrator: “We resume our story to find the lead actor in our assorted game of fun standing in front of rows of bottles, staring aimlessly at all of the glass almost as if in a daze.  As his eyes continue to dart back and forth between labels, suddenly he stiffens upright, eyes wide open and reaching towards the shelf of spirit goodness exclaims …”

Lead Actor: “ … must have aquavit; must have Negroni!”

Today is the last of our second group of ten posts, designed we have hoped at providing a fun exploration into all that is great about this classic, bitter drink.  We have hit everything from gin, to whisky/whiskey, to rum, to tequila not to mention we’ve mess around with both the Campari and sweet vermouth components as well.  It is appropriate that we explore yet another new spirit and so in our haze, we have reached for and grabbed our bottle of aquavit.  The Lo Scandinavio is a riff that holds sweet vermouth constant and varies the sprit (gin out, aquavit in) and Campari (gone, Gran Classico Bitter yet again) for a really, nice, drink.

My tasting notes start as follows, “this thing tastes like a great piece of candy.”  Don’t know how to explain it but it tastes like a piece of anise flavored candy.  There is a great, natural sweetness to this that yields to fruit, bitter and anise.  It is a really nice drink.

What are your thoughts on the current crop of ten recipes offered?  Any favorites?

Lo Scandinavio
Recipe created and served at 15 Romolo in San Francisco, California and adapted by theSpeakista  

•    1 oz aquavit (Krogstad was used)
•    1 oz sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica was used)
•    1 oz Gran Classico Bitter
Garnish: orange twist
Glass: chilled coupe or other cocktail 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 filled with ice.  Garnish, sip and enjoy.    

Ten more down with ten (or so) still left.  We pause now to once again take a bit of a breather in order to prep for our final push into Negroni Nirvana. Stay tuned, we’ll be back real soon.

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Steve Garcia May 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

This also works well with Linie Aquvit. The result is a bit deeper and more viscous, leaning toward the Boulevardier. Either way, mmm!

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