Believe it or not, it’s already the first week of June, which means Negroni Week is upon us. The drink that qualifies as automatic street cred at every bar is a simple concoction of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. But there are other ways, twists if you will, that have been cast upon the classic cocktail. Here are 7 takes on the demure drink that have the power to turn non-Negroni lovers into true believers.
1. Cold Brew Negroni
“This is a low ABV, bitter cocktail that is sure to please any trendy fella,” says Jason Plummer, who came up with this hipster heaven potion. He uses Trader Joe’s cold brew in place of gin. Does it get any more woke than that?
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In honor of #negroniweek and in preparation for Father's Day, I have a tasty, uber hipster negroni recipe courtesty of @barrelageddad on the blog. I asked Jason to come up with a twist on the classic cocktail and he added some delicious cold brew to it (the non-alcoholic hipster beverage of choice). I tasted this genius concoction, and I fell in love. The aroma of the orange peel mixed with the coffee was divine. I highly encourage you to check out the blog for the recipe! . . . . . #negroni #campari #traderjoes #coldbrew #fathersday #cocktailrecipe #craftcocktails #dailycocktail #cocktailhour #drinkstagram #drinkup #cocktailtime #feedfeed #eeeeeats #oneoftheBUNCH #f52grams #huffpostetaste #buzzfeedfood #foodandwine #flashesofdelight #eattheworld #abmhappyhour #dscolor #thatsdarling #oneofthebunch #mixology #drizlyinc #liquorgram #cocktailsofinstagram
2. Pink Negroni
Saveur has a summer quenching version that uses orangey Lillet Blanc and fresh lemon juice. Yum!
3. White Negroni
Suze (a French liqueur) is used in place of Campari, making this version lighter in both flavor and color.
4. Sparkling Negroni
Mr. Purple in NYC offers bottles of this stuff to sip out on their rooftop: Bombay sapphire gin, Campari, and Dolin rouge vermouth, are carbonated and bottled in house.
5. Chocolate Negroni
Made with chocolate bitters and creme de cacao in place of sweet vermouth. PUNCH has your new go-to version.
6. Oaxacan Negroni
This Negroni uses Mezcal instead of gin to give it a smokey taste.
7. White Negroni Shrub
From Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow:
“With Negroni Week firmly ahead of us, may I suggest a delicious white-meets-white take on this venerable drink? Here is one that won’t make you feel overly intoxicated. Thank you.”
- 1 oz. White Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 oz. Lemon juice
- 1 oz. white peach puree
- 1 oz. Botanical Gin (I used FEW Breakfast Gin)
- 1 oz. White Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz. GENEPY (a clear Italian bitter liqueur)
- Aromatic Bitters to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass filled ¾ with ice. Stir to combine well. Split between 2 rocks glasses with one large cube of ice in each. Dot with Aromatic Bitters to finish.