It could be that I've seen the look my wife gives to old Italian men, or it could be a secret longing to wander peacefully down cobblestone roads in my old age, but this drink has grown to be my favorite slow-down.
While considered an aperitif, I suggest this drink be poured in the early rounds of preparing a table filled with comfort food (ideally Italian), and a cooking a meal that put you at ease. A recipe that's right in your wheelhouse. I love winding down on Sunday nights with Kimi, cooking together, often as her sous chef, and dialing in an episode of American Routes.
The Negroni's simplistic recipe will allow you to confidently blend it for yourself or your guests with the utmost confidence- just 3 equal parts.
- 1 part Gin
- 1 part Campari
- 1 part Sweet Vermouth (I prefer Carpano Antica, if you can find it)
Pour each part over a full glass of ice, allowing the negroni to dilute slowly and further mellowing the drink. Garnish with citrus peel, or orange twist. Kick on your favorite album and the let night fade into a shade of the Italian sunset.