101 Best New Cocktails: Gringo Negroni by Roberto Giudici, Fluffer Bar, Milan, Italy

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, March 31st, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Gringo Negroni

Roberto Giudici, Fluffer Bar, Milan, Italy

“I’ve created this drink for a usual customer who wanted a twist on a Negroni with a Mexican hint. I was thinking a little bit outside the box: the “structure” of the cocktail was the same, one part for each ingredient, but each one was changed: I’ve replaced Campari with Spitz, an Italian gentian spirit made near Maggiore lake; the sweet red vermouth was replaced with an Italian white vermouth with citrus notes, and instead of gin I’ve used Del Maguey Vida, an Espadin mezcal with a complex smoky taste in mouth and in nose too. The drink was a little bit flat so I’ve tried to combine some bitters together. Cinchona, oranges, chocolate, every kind of ingredient that I thought could work together and with the cocktail too…I blended them to reach a standardized balance, et voilà. Enjoy!” Roberto Giudici

Gringo Negroni30 ml (1 oz) Del Maguey Vida mezcal

30 ml (1 oz) Spitz Genziana Rossi d’Angera

30 ml (1 oz) Vermouth del Professore Bianco

3 dashes Chocolate Combo Bitters*

1 orange half-wheel, as garnish

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled tumbler over fresh ice. Add the garnishes, squeezing the twist over the drink.

*Chocolate Combo Bitters: Blend 1 part Bob’s chocolate bitters, 1 part Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole bitters, 2 parts Bitter Truth orange bitters, and 1 part Angostura bitters.

gaz sez:  Well this one was truly a pain in the ass to put together. Getting a bottle of Spitz Genziana Rossi d’Angera to the USA wasn’t easy, for a start, but I have my sources . . .  It was well worth the effort. One of the best Negroni variations I ever did taste.  Nice one.


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