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Negroni Nirvana – Ransoming my Negroni

Ah, pisco!  Two days of grape magic and as a result we are in a heightened state of Negroni Nirvana.  Today, I have an opportunity to say “thank you” to a fellow blogger as we continue on with our own exploration into the venerable Negroni.

This time (approximately) last year, we kicked off the first of several series designed we had hoped, to pay homage to several classic drinks.  Originally slated to be just the three presented so far (Manhattan’s, Martini’s and Old Fashioned’s) it was mid-way through Martini Madness that we thought to include a series on Negroni’s.  Having been enamored of the drink it made sense but with only a few known riffs in our memory we were uncertain of the scope this new series could take.  Many will know Chuck Taggart through his site Gumbo Pages; I have followed Chuck’s writings for some time now and it was on one of my “update” days perusing his site that I stumbled upon a series of posts he wrote on Negroni variations.  Chuck provided the needed spark of inspiration for us to do a much deeper exploration into the original recipe and to seek out more interesting riffs and for that, we are thankful.

The Ransom Negroni was the first I hit upon that day I visited the Gumbo Pages and it is offered today.  The drink presents several themes already encountered in the nirvana.  Spirit subbing — not sure if today we can call it spirit subbing exactly, more like spirit-style subbing with the somewhat sweeter and less botanically dense  flavor profile of an Old Tom style gin replacing its drier cousin.  We see once again how Gran Classico Bitter can serve as a worthy substitute for Campari.

This is a really pleasant drink to sip on.  Rather bold ingredients seem to find a sense of harmony in this formulation with neither one taking over.  It is balanced on the palate with the flavors of the gin and its inherent sweetness against two bitter component ingredients and their natural fruit profiles.  All-in-all, a nice find and great drink.

Ransom Negroni
Recipe sourced from Chuck Taggart’s “The Gumbo Pages” blog site (from a drink originally created by Jim Romdall at Vessel in Seattle, Washington) and adapted by theSpeakista  

•    1 1/4 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
•    1 oz Punt e Mes
•    1 oz Gran Classico Liqueur
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, serve and enjoy.   

Thanks again Chuck for helping to kick-start our Negroni exploration.  Tomorrow we’ll experience another recipe sourced from Chuck’s original series and learn that a Dutch style gin works just as nicely in a Negroni format.

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