Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cynar Negroni...A Little Pre-Dinner Cocktail

A classically-inspired, spirit-driven cocktail using the artichoke based amaro called Cynar. This is a variation on the classic Negroni cocktail. This is a small yet strong aperitif, stimulating the taste buds, getting you ready for dinner and perhaps a bottle of wine:

1 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. Cynar
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Stir, strain over ice in a small bucket glass (can also be served "up" in a cocktail glass), garnish with a flamed orange peel.

And here's a little history on the original Negroni cocktail: This Italian concoction was invented in the early 1900s. Mixed with gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, it was named after Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, who always ordered the same cocktail. Today, a Negroni is often consumed as a pre-dinner cocktail to stimulate the appetite for a meal. Aperitif is a European invention and it came to America in the early 1900s. Campari is also an Italian product, invented by Gaspare Campari in the early 1800s.

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