Negroni Nirvana – Tweak it up baby …

by KeithP on May 5, 2012

Grape in a Negroni? Hell yeah! Negroni Nirvana is kicking things up nicely as we press on with yet another interesting version of the drink. In fact today is less a riff on the Negroni but a riff on yesterday’s offering.  Although this will be a somewhat truncated post we will once again, explore how subtle (or not so subtle) tweaks to recipes can yield interesting results.

Created by Brother Cleve, the Godfather of Boston’s cocktail revival, the Peru Negro takes our base Pisco Negroni formula from yesterday and makes two interesting tweaks to create an even better drink. Brother adds in a small hit of amaro and a few dashes of bittermens mole bitters to create a taste profile that is chocolaty, orangy and nicely bitter.  There is greater depth all-around with the amaro, bitter liqueur and spirit all working wonderfully well with one another.

All-in-all, a very nice drink.

Peru Negro  
Recipe created by Brother Cleve and adapted by theSpeakista  

•    1 oz Macchu Pisco (Encanto Pisco was used)
•    1 oz sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica sweet vermouth was used)
•    1 oz Gran Classico Bitter

•    1/2 oz Amaro Nonino
•    2 dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters
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.   

Short but sweet.  Tomorrow, we give thanks to Chuck Taggart for his inspiration.

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