Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
To celebrate Negroni Week, June 2 – 8, I’m sharing this tempting variation – Negroni Bianco. Gin, dry vermouth and Aperol. Traditionally, a Negroni is equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. For some, Campari is a bitter taste to embrace. Aperol is a gentler bitter aperitif. The Negroni is truly a versatile classic cocktail. Play around with the proportions, and enjoy substituting ingredients. I was so fortunate to take a wonderful Negroni class at the recent Manhattan Cocktail Classic, led by the legendary Gaz Regan and talented Naren Young. We were served a bevy of beautiful Negroni cocktails – all different combinations, yet all honoring the Negroni flavor profile.
Negroni Week is a week-long celebration where bars and restaurants donate $1 or more from each Negroni sold to a local charity of their choice. To find out which bars in your area are participating, please visit the Negroni Week website.
I’d like to thank BevMo! for sharing a new gin with me – Distillery No. 209, out of San Francisco. Distillery No. 209 has distinctive floral and citrus aromatics, with a light juniper touch. It is a smooth and sophisticated gin, and worked quite nicely in this Negroni Bianco.
- 1 ounce gin
- 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
- 3/4 ounce Aperol
- 3 dashes lemon bitters
- lemon twist for garnish
Mix ingredients directly in your serving glass. Add ice and a lemon twist.