1/2 oz Smoky Single Malt like Ardbeg 10 (Caol Ila 12)
3/4 oz Averna
1/2 oz Gran Classico or other aperitivo (Campari)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)
Stir with ice, strain into a coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
Around the same time that I had spotted the Autumn Negroni, I had put another Negroni-like drink, the Devil's Backbone, on the to-make list. I found the recipe in Lou Bustamante's The Complete Cocktail Manual; Chris Lane of San Francisco's Ramen Shop described how this was two whiskeys, two amari, and 2 bitters in concept. Moreover, the cocktail reminded me in name and ingredients of Ted Kilgore's Devil's Soul, so I was definitely game in trying this one out.