Even the sturdiest Negroni fan needs an occasional break from the in-your-face bitter notes of Campari and similar bitter orange apéritifs. Enter the Berlioni, the brainchild of Berlin bartender Gonçalo de Sousa. It swaps in Cynar (an artichoke amaro) for a smoky, earthy riff on the classic that offers just a hint of bitter complexity and a welcome respite from the tongue-drying flavor of the original.
- 1½ parts Gin or Aged gin
- ¾ part Artichoke amaro
- ½ part Dry vermouth
Stir all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into an ice-filled short glass (preferably over a single large sphere or cube). Express an orange twist over the drink and drop in as a garnish.
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- The PDT Project: Berlioni at Umami Mart
- The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan