Negroni Week: Latin Negroni Cocktail Recipe
It’s Negroni Week! All around the world, 5000 bars and restaurants are serving up their favorite version or variant of the drink that Count Camillo Negroni (alleged) created in Florence in 1919. We’re joining in the fun, by posting our own Negroni Recipes. We started off with an introduction to Negroni Week, and with the Federal Negroni. We followed up with the Contessa and a White Negroni. Today’s drink is the Latin Negroni.
One of the things we like best about the Negroni is the exquisite balance of the recipe. Its balanced 1 part spirit, 1 part liqueur, and 1 part fortified wine puts the drink into a sort of harmony, where each of the three parts are clearly discernible, and rather than competing with one another they add to one another’s enjoyment. This makes for an especially easy and enjoyable pattern to experiment with, which is what we’ve done with the Latin Negroni. While sticking with the bitter orange theme of the original, we swapped Campari for Curacao, a warmer and spicier orange rind liqueur. We wanted this drink to speak Spanish rather than Italian; so for our spirit we use tequila, and for our fortified wine we use sherry. It’s familiar, but distinct, spicier and also more mellow than the original.
Cocktail Recipe: the Latin Negroni
- 1 oz tequila
- 1 oz oloroso sherry
- 1 oz curacao
- Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir until well chilled and the ice is half melted.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.