Tuesday, July 9, 2019

green isaac's negroni

1 oz London Dry Gin (Beefeater)
1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Martini Grand Lusso)
1 oz Campari
4 oz Coconut Water
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a Collins glass, fill with ice, and garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

One of the coconut water drinks that kept popping into my head was the Green Isaac's Special that was a modified Tom Collins of sorts with bitters which Ernest Hemingway came up with during his time in Key West in the 1930s. It first appeared in his Islands in the Stream and was named after the islands in question that are north of Bimini. Since it was Negroni Week, I wondered if the two classics could be mashed up, and I was curious how the coconut water's salinity would affect Campari's bitterness.
The Green Isaac's Negroni's freshly cut garnish welcomed the senses with a lime aroma. Next, grape and briny coconut water notes on the sip led into gin, orange, and clove flavors on the swallow. Indeed, the coconut water's salt content neutralized Campari's bitterness and let the liqueur's orange aspect shine similar to the pinch of salt in the Camparipolitan.

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