How to make a Negroni
A less bitter Negroni using Royal Fox gin. Super simple, super tasty and far more approachable than one with Campari. Made for us by Jack at Scottishmixology as part of our Monthly Gin Club
Royal Fox gin contains a classic bouquet of botanicals but is bottled at 42% so has that extra oomph ideal for cocktails. Mixing that with a Scottish vermouth, a Corsican aperitif and a spritz of lemon zest over the top, it's not a traditional negroni but you'll agree it's super tasty.
The distillery was created when the founders, Laura and Simon Harrison, wanted to make 'wedding' favours with gin. Not finding what they liked, they thought they'd try to make the gin from scratch! Soon discovering, after lots of experimenting (the best bit) and research, that they could actually make a bloomin' good gin!
The 'blind tasting' was at Laura and Simon's wedding... people tried, tasted and loved it! Since then they have gone on to add four more gins to their line-up: Navy Strength, Blood Orange, Old Tom and Forest Fruits.
The Negroni is a truly classic cocktail with an almost cult following. We don't truly know its origins, other than it's from Italy, but there are two competing stories......
In the first, Count Camillo Negroni walked into Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919 and asked the barman, Fosco Scarselli, to beef up his favourite cocktail the Americano. This Fosco did by adding gin rather than soda water and an orange garnish (Americano's have a lemon garnish).
Orson Welles became a fan, reportedly saying, "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other."
In the second creation story, General Pascal Olivier de Negroni invented the drink in 1857 in Senegal.
Take your pick on which version of the story you like, Jack's version of the drink is a lot less bitter than the traditional negroni, which may make it more attractive to you!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
INGREDIENTS🍸 40ml Royal Fox Gin
🍸 20ml Capmattei Cap Corse Rouge
🍸 20ml Valentian Rosso vermouth
🍸 Lemon peel expressed
🍸 Add all to a mixing glass
🍸 Fill with ice and give a good stir
🍸 Strain out and express lemon peel over the surface of the drink
🍸 Pretend you're on a patio in Bastia
The Original Negroni recipe:
- 25ml Gin
- 25ml Italian aperitif bitters
- 25ml Sweet Vermouth
- Combine all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass and stir.
- Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
As a further twist on the Negroni - try a Boulevardier made with Bourbon......
- 25ml Bulleit Bourbon
- 25ml Campari
- 25ml Sweet Vermouth
- Orange twist
- Martini glass
- No ice
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, stir to mix
- Strain into a martini glass
- Garnish and serve.