• 30 ml Algebra
(or 15 ml Algebra + 15 ml sweet vermouth)
• 30 ml Campari or Suze
• 30 ml Gin
Method: Build over good ice in a short glass, stir briefly and garnish with an expressed orange twist or half-wheel.
Beautiful in its simplicity and with a captivating depth of flavour, the Negroni is quietly enjoying its moment in the sun. And the good times are likely to keep on rolling for this classic Dolce Vita drink. In many cities, we may have to wait a bit longer until we can light-heartedly share a round of these crimson beauties with friends at our favourite bar, but the drink is easy to make at home.
This caffeinated Negroni swaps the sweet vermouth used in the traditional recipe for our coffee liqueur. As vermouth lovers, we feel guilty leaving this wonderful aromatised wine out of the recipe for simplicity’s sake. We may redeem ourselves by recommending splitting the vermouth with the liqueur: using equal parts (15 ml each) of vermouth and Algebra. Both recipes work, so you can’t go wrong.
Use good ice. Large chunks of ice melt slowly, protecting the drinks you serve on-the-rocks from excessive dilution. You can thus stretch your Aperitivo hour without having to sip a watered down Negroni. At home, it is easy to make large ice cubes (well, cylinders really) by filling rinsed yogurt pots with filtered or mineral water. Large soft silicone ice trays also work. If you’re so inclined (and have ample freezer space), raise your ice game further and make crystal clear blocks with Alcademics’ step-by-step guide. Warning: you may become a slightly obsessive directional freezer!
If you are using vermouth, keep it in the fridge and use it up within a few weeks. Oxidation dulls all aromatised wines’ aromas. Algebra is more robust and keeps well at room temperature.
French or Italian? Your transalpine friends will remind you that a Negroni shall be made with Campari, but many bitter liqueurs also work in this cocktail template. The angelica and orange notes in France’s gentian-forward Suze pair well with coffee, yielding a slightly softer, less herbaceous version of the drink.
Pick a good gin. Beware of lower-proof, flavoured or coloured gins, which are often heavily sweetened.
Garnish with an expressed orange twist or half-wheel. We are partial to the sunny vibes of citrus wheels during the winter months. When in season, towards late February and March in Europe, blood orange half-wheels can brighten up any drink, and are a striking colour match to a well-made Negroni.