Monday, May 15, 2017

american negroni

1 1/4 oz Bourbon (Fighting Cock 103)
1 oz Cocchi Sweet Vermouth
3/8 oz Aperol
3/8 oz Campari
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Build in a rocks glass, add ice, stir, and garnish with a lemon twist.

After the Shark's Tooth #2, I reached for Michael Madrusan & Zara Young's A Seat at the Bar and found the American Negroni in the "Aperitif Hour" section. Essentially a Boulevardier with bitters and with the Campari split with another amaro like in the Left Hand of Darkness. That amaro was Aperol and a similar split was seen in the Jungle Bird riff Jets to Brazil.
In the glass, the American Negroni wafted a floral lemon bouquet to the nose that colored the grape and malt sip. Next, Bourbon flavors were joined with bitter orange on the swallow with a clove and allspice finish from the Angostura Bitters. Overall, the American Negroni was drier and less bitter than a Boulevardier but not all that different in the end.

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