Thursday, March 10, 2011

Canton Negroni

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Once known as an Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water) cocktail, a Count Camillo Negroni changed it forever when he walked into the Bar Casoni in Florence around the year 1920 and asked the bartender to please put gin in his Americano instead of soda water. The Count needed a stronger drink, apparently. What one may not know is that it is reputed that he was once a cowboy in Montana and a gambler in New York.  Reason enough to add gin to an Americano. Upon further reading, I have surmised that the story of Count Camillo is just that- a bar story! Some of the Negroni family members say there was no Count Camillo Negroni in the family. At any rate, it's a cool story.

Essential to the Negroni flavor and dark red color  is Campari, a bitters, invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara Italy. An alcoholic aperitif, Campari is an infusion of herbs, fruit and the juice from a small citrus fruit known as the chinotto. The alcohol content of Campari ranges from 20.5%-28% depending upon which country it is sold.

The addition of Domaine Canton Ginger Liqueur adds an exotic touch to the Negroni, along with an extra dry Vermouth and freshly squeezed orange juice. Serve over the rocks or up.

Canton Negroni

1-1/2 parts Domaine Canton Ginger Liqueur
1-1/2 parts freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 part Campari
1/2 part extra dry Vermouth
A splash of soda, if desired

Garnish with orange peel or a piece of crystallized ginger
In a shaker half-filled with ice, add ingredients and shake well to chill. Pour over ice or serve up.
Makes one drink

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