What a pleasant stroll that was down the Boulevard de Reves. Negroni Nirvana is just now hitting its full stride with today’s offering, the day that truth be told I’ve been waiting for since we started. Why?
Simple … of all the drinks presented thus far, today’s offering is the one that totally blew my socks off. I had high expectations to be sure, given the source of the recipe but from what I expected and what bombarded my taste buds, I was thrown for a complete loop.
We have as you may recall, presented many a drink recipe sourced from that great book Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric; clearly these guys know what they are doing. When doing prep for this series early on we thought to let our fingers do the walking through the many pages of recipes in said tomb and stumbled upon a drink that was new to us. How was this possible to have missed this? We had, we thought, memorized all of the recipes offered up and yet this humble little beauty seemed to have escaped us. The Nerina, an original creation of the Employees Only gang, seemed like a perfect fit to our exploration into that classic, bitter cocktail, the Negroni.
Bold and extremely flavorful. It is rich in “spice” notes … I felt almost as if I was tasting what a Negroni would taste like if it was a cake, or a muffin. The bitterness is not forgotten but it does not seek to insert influence over the entire mixture. Instead, the bitterness is that thing you are left with at the end of an experience knowing that you loved it and wanting more.
To call this a well-made drink is to do a disservice to this, very well-made drink. This drink sings on my palate. I crave it. I was so saddened that the last time I entered “EO” to grab a drink with colleagues that I was unable to procure one from the bartender serving us as he was “unfamiliar” with it (he wasn’t aware that it was in the “book”). Not too worry … a great time was had when we were there.
Recipe from the book “Speakeasy” and adapted by theSpeakista
• 1 1/4 oz Plymouth gin (Beefeater was used)
• 1 1/4 oz Punt e Mes
• 1 1/4 oz Meletti amaro
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. Garnish, sip and enjoy.
After today’s experience I feel like I need to pause and give thanks. Hopefully you enjoyed this one as much as we did? Tomorrow, we get our Irish on.