With vermouth month here, I couldn’t not make a classic cocktail. Vermouth has been around for centuries, so there are tons of things you can make with it. The Negroni is one such drink. Equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, this cocktail has a robust flavor for the strong of heart.
Campari is an Italian apéritif with a dark red color. It is made with an infusion of herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. Paired with fragrant gin and sweet vermouth, the resulting cocktail is packed with deep, bittersweet flavor. (Seriously, it’s pretty bitter. If you like sweeter drinks, the Negroni is not for you!)
I wanted a lighter cocktail, so I added another Italian cocktail mixer: prosecco. The Prosecco Negroni has the sweetness of sparkling wine and tangy bubbles to combat the stark flavors of the other liquors.
Diehard negroni fans will prefer their negronis bubble-less, but if the bitterness is too much for you (like it is for me) you might try adding sparkling wine. Or, if you prefer bourbon, cut out the gin and make a Boulevardier! All acceptable ways to drink a negroni. Cheers! // susannah
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Click through for the Prosecco Negroni recipe!
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce Campari
- 2 ounces champagne
- orange slice or twist, for garnishing
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Strain into a champagne glass. Top with prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice or twist.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g
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