With Christmas approaching ( it’s tomorrow guys!) I couldn’t leave out my favourite drink for the holidays: a Blood Orange Negroni.
Negronis are very easy to make and it’s a palate pleaser! Plus, you can add ingredients fo seasonality. I mean who doesn’t love blood orange? I definitely do.
Negroni is a very classic and elegant cocktail, from the mother land Italy. I know, I generally don’t like to brag about my country of birth, BUT this is too good not to share.
Before we delve into the cocktail itself, here is how it was born. It is unknown where exactly it originated, but it seems Florence is the first place of mixing for the drink.
It was Count Negroni, that wanted to strengthen it’s usual drink of choice, the Americano, that added gin instead of soda water and bang! We have our beloved Negroni.
Now, wether this is true or not, we will never now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the drink itself.
Anyways, you will see I used some specific ingredients for the drinks. Blood Oranges are in season now in December, and are the best oranges to do anything with. I buy them at our weekly farmers market.
I used bitters from Aecorn, as I found they add a more aromatic flavor than Campari. They are also alcohol free, so you can lower the ABV on this drink if you don’t want something as strong.
Okay, enough of me talking. Let’s go and enjoy this Blood Orange Negroni!
- 25ml of Blood Orange Juice
- 25ml of Aecorn Bitters
- 20ml of Juniper Gin
- 20ml of Sweet Vermouth
- A slice of Blood Orange or the Peel of a Blood Orange
Ensure the glasses are cold before starting to build your drink. You can build your drink straight in the glass.
Add a couple of blocks of ice into the glass. Add the ingredients in the following order:
- Sweet Vermouth
- Blood Orange Juice
I found this order will give a bigger change to the Blood Orange to come through. With a cocktail spoon, swirl and mix the ingredients well until combined.
Garnish with a slice of peel, twisted into the glass or a slice of blood orange.
If you don’t like Negroni’s, we have another cocktail just here, we made in collaboration with Good & Proper Tea for tea week.
We recommend using also dry ice or those little fake ice cubes, I think they are called Whiskey Stones. They are better than normal ice, cos lets face it, who has space fo ice in the freezer.
Anyway, let me know in the comments what you think of this Blood Orange Negroni or which is your favorite to drink over the holidays!