I love how europeans- particularlyItalians – drink booze. Heavy-handed bitter-dry aperitifs with a tweak of sweetness and sometimes some fizz are endlessly appealing to me. The Negroni is the mothership, and it has been a favourite order of mine for a while. Equal parts gin (dry), campari (bitter) and sweet vermouth (sweet) over ice, in and old fashioned glass with a slice of lemon. Simple, bags of style, full of booze, and, you can order it at any cocktail bar and not get a strange look. What more could you ever want in a cocktail?
Today I had pangs for this amazing drink, yet found the liquor cabinet running close to empty. Time to improvise. What was available are the basic elements of sweetness, dryness and bitterness required to make something delicious.
- 1/2 part Campari
- 1 part dry vermouth
- 1 part Cointreau
- Top-off with prosecco
Shake over ice. Serve in your favourite glass, topped off with prosecco and a twist of orange peel.
Something amazing happens inside that glass. Orange oil seeps from the peel, helped along by the bubbling processo as it turns muted pink grapefruit tones into sparkly deliciousness. I could drink these all day, on a fine summer afternoon.