Dr. Melfi’s Medicine
Dr. Melfi’s Medicine is a Negroni-sour mashup from Brooks Reitz at Melfi’s in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a “Negroni for beginners,” as Reitz describes it – a great way to show off the magic of the classic flavor combination, without the heavy hand of an all-spirits mix.
Since Campari is the aperitif of choice in a Negroni, it makes sense to use it (or a similarly-bitter option) here, too. Aperol is much sweeter and gives the drink a candy-like quality that we occasionally enjoy, though we concede that it does miss the point a bit.
- ½ part Gin
- ½ part Bitter orange apéritif or Sweet orange apéritif
- ½ part Sweet vermouth
- ¾ part Lemon juice
- ½ part Simple syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled tall glass. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit or orange.
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- Dr. Melfi’s Medicine, a Negroni Sour at Imbibe