Feeling left out of the Negroni craze because you can’t get over the hyper-bitter flavor of Campari? It’s all the rage with the cocktail elite these days, but we feel for drinkers who just can’t get on board with a spirit that, to some, tastes more like a cleaning solution than a citrus apéritif.
Fear not – there’s still space for bitter-haters at the cool kids’ table, thanks to this fantastic Negroni Bianco recipe from Joe Campanale at Fausto in Brooklyn.
Strong and barely-bitter, the Negroni Bianco swaps out Campari for Cocchi Americano, a complex, fragrant white wine apéritif. Lillet Blanc is just as good, if a touch sweeter. A couple dashes of grapefruit bitters and a twist of orange peel helps the drink retain a bit of the Negroni’s citrus character.
- 1 part Gin
- 1 part White wine apéritif
- 1 part Blanc vermouth
- 1 dash Grapefruit bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until quite chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange or grapefruit.
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- Negroni Bianco from the James Beard Foundation