A traditional Negroni is made with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari…but why not have a little fun with it and use some Italian Amaro?
Today’s post is a cocktail because…it’s Friday and I realized that I haven’t posted a cocktail in a long time. Now that the weather is starting to turn a bit warmer I’m going to be posting a few more cocktails. Yay!!!
The negroni is a cocktail that’s made up of one part gin, one part sweet vermouth (the red one) and one part Campari. It has a bitterness that’s well received as the cocktail is typically consumed as an aperitif. This helps get the digestive juices flowing and looking forward to dinner.
This Negroni Lucano replaces the Campari with Amaro Lucano. Campari, in a traditional negroni, and Amaro Lucano are both considered Amari ( a liqueur that’s made from ingredients like herbs, citrus peels, rhubarb, and saffron to name just some of the ingredients.) Amari is similar to bitters, but there is an addition of a sugar syrup to even out the bitterness and decrease the alcohol content. Bitters doesn’t have the sweetness and the alcohol content is very high. That’s why you wouldn’t just drink a shot of bitters and you only add a few drops to a cocktail.
Replacing the bracing Campari with Amaro Lucano makes this negroni a smoother drink. It has herbal and citrus notes that are heightened with the addition of the orange slice in the glass. You can either just place the orange into the glass or squeeze the juice to make the cocktail a little bit sweeter. I like to just let the orange float in the glass and have the juice and oils lightly interact with the other ingredients.
I have another Amaro Lucano cocktail on the site that I made for Thanksgiving, but could really be made any time of the year. You should be able to find this liqueur at your local liquor store, it’s a pretty popular Amari.
This Negroni Lucano is a riff on the recipe found on the Amaro Lucano website, that has lots more recipes you can enjoy.
This is not a sponsored post.
- 1 ounce Amaro Lucano
- 1 ounce gin (like Tanqueray)
- ½ ounce sweet vermouth
- orange slice
- Combine Amaro, gin, and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass; stir gently and garnish with an orange slice.
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