Negroni Nirvana – I lost my Negroni?

by KeithP on May 7, 2012

Thank you again to Chuck Taggart for his Negroni related posts and the kick in the pants they provided in getting Negroni Nirvana up and running.  Today we turn yet again to a variant offered up by Chuck and grabbing our bottle of genever, learn if something great in Negroniville can be had when a Dutch style gin is introduced into the mix?

Pretty simple in formulation, the Negroni’s Loss uses a Dutch style gin in place of the standard London-style dry gin and once again, Gran Classico Bitter subs in for the Campari.  The resulting drink is quite nice on the palate.  Whereas a London-style dry gin can often get put off to the side flavor-wise in a Negroni, there is no mistaking the malty goodness of a genever.  The bitterness is “cured” ever so slightly by the gin and in an odd way the malty flavor of the gin seems to kick up the sweetness factor in an interesting way. I can’t explain it but it just works.

This is a really nice variant of the base drink and frankly, absent one not having the Gran Classico Bitter on hand it should be pretty easy for a home bar to handle (I also assume that the average home bar of an average cocktail geek, I mean enthusiast, has a genever on hand).  If you don’t have Gran Classico Bitter on hand than grab an Amer Picon (or replica) or something like it; hell, I made this drink with Amaro CioCiaro and it was fantastic in its own right.  Don’t worry, grab some bottles and make it work.

So far we’ve seen spirit subbing used in many interesting ways; what has been your favorite?

Negroni’s Loss
Recipe sourced from Chuck Taggart’s “The Gumbo Pages” blog site (from a drink originally created by Jason Schiffer at 320 Main in Seal Beach, California) and adapted by theSpeakista  

•    1 oz Bols Genever (Genevieve was used)
•    3/4 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
•    3/4 oz Gran Classico Liqueur
Garnish: orange and lemon twists
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 filled with ice. Garnish, serve and enjoy.   

Old Tom and Dutch style gins back-to-back in a Negroni face off … what could be better than that?  Tomorrow let us see what happens when we bring back a bold gin to the mix.

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