Summer evenings are basically an excuse to test drive delicious cocktails. And of course by “test drive,” we mean “craft our own and then drink.” Just try to pass through the Greenmarket without gathering bright, slightly exotic ingredients to muddle/lacerate/pickle – pickle? – we dare you. In any event, as the sun sets on June we’re heading to the Italian seaside – if only in our minds – thanks to the always-cool, ever-classic Negroni. With a color to match the fireiest sky, hints of citrus and the herbaceous quality of gin, one sip and we can practically feel the seaspray in our hair while speeding along on a Vespa. But alas, we’re in hot + humid New York and Italy is miles and miles away. Hence the best pairing to this Negroni is Les Jupons de Tess’ barely-there Sofia chemise (even the name is bellissima). We think it’s pretty damn close to la dolce vita.
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
1 1/2 ounces Campari
1 1/2 ounces gin
twist of orange
Shake vermouth, Campari and gin in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
Negroni recipe care of a gal that surely knows how to live the good life, food + nutrition guru Marissa Lippert.