I must admit this up front. I struggled with the tiki gods to not include a warm and most likely flaming tiki drink in this month’s edition of Mixology Monday, Winter Warmers, hosted by our friends over at Imbibe Unfiltered. I was even playing around with how to photograph the blue flames dancing from my spoon to the glass, but I forced myself to look elsewhere. (Don’t worry, intense pictures of fire will grace the pages of Kaiser Penguin soon!).
After an exhausting summer of tiki creation, I was up for simple fare as the cold weather strolled in. I had mostly been enjoying our wonderful Chairman’s choices of wine and sipping some of my favorite winter spirits: Chartreuse, Pernod, and Fernet Branca, but such delights soon gave way to cocktail creation. Just as my arms ached for a properly shaken drink, my fingers cringed at the thought of many icy Ramos Gin Fizzes. The new cocktails started coming in a flurry, and I couldn’t stop the grip that Festivon had upon me.
- Last Word
- Cocktail A La Louisiane
- Singapore Sling (Recipe comparison forthcoming when I can find some good quality creme de cassis to try out Trader Vic’s recipes. Any ideas on a brand?)
- Old Fashioned (Also a recipe comparison on the way … if I can survive the sheer number of variations.)
- Lucien Gaudin
I think one of the reasons I really like Chartreuse at Christmas time is the color. I originally thought it was all the alpine herbs I so joyously inhaled, but maybe it’s just that bright green hue that lured me in. You know, when I chose the Negroni for this edition of MxMo, I was thinking about how the orange aroma reminded me of holiday baking and how the bitterness warmed my soul. On second thought, maybe I just chose it because it’s red.
- 1 1/2oz gin (I was, and still am, very excited to have gotten my hands on a bottle of Blue Coat gin, produced in Philadelphia.)
- 1 1/2oz Campari
- 1 1/2oz sweet vermouth
- orange peel, for garnish
Stir with crushed ice, and strain into a rocks glass. Squeeze the orange peel (with or without flame) to release its oils.
One of my favorite aspects of the Negroni is how wonderfully the orange aroma comes through as you sip. The dry finish is very welcoming and leaves a hint of orange and campari that tingle the roof of your mouth.