Something about the holiday season puts me in the mood for a festive drink before dinner. Lately, S seems to be in the same mood, and his current favorite cocktail is a Negroni — the classic drink made with gin, campari and sweet vermouth.
When I first started making this cocktail I stayed true to the traditional 1:1:1 ratio and used the same amount of each ingredient in my drinks. Over time, though, I have come to prefer my Negronis a little less sweet, a little more bitter and a little heavy on the gin. And since I make them, S likes them that way too!
The recipe is still very easy.
For one drink, I pour 2 ounces of good gin (I like Plymouth), 1 1/2 ounces Campari, and 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth into a shaker filled with ice. I shake gently, just enough to thoroughly chill the mixture, and pour it into a glass over an orange peel or a slice of orange for garnish.
Not only does it taste great, but it looks just right for the holiday season.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.