Ah, the negroni. One of my favorite classic cocktails. So simple to make, so easy to drink. And because Negroni Week is right around the corner, I figured I should share a fun variation for the summer. Hence, I present to you the Raspberry Negroni.
The base of this raspberry negroni is still gin and Campari. The variation comes with the addition of fresh raspberries and Lillet Rose instead of sweet vermouth. I read somewhere that raspberries and Campari have a natural affinity for each other which sparked the idea for this drink. But, I didn’t really like the idea of sweet vermouth and raspberries. I wanted something a bit lighter and more summery. So, since I’ve been drinking a lot of rosé wine lately, I reached for the bottle of Lillet Rose instead. It’s perfect sipped on its own or mixed in to cocktails like this one.
While I didn’t play around with any other wine based spirits, I have a feeling Cocchi Americano (bianco or rose) or Dolin Blanc would also be wonderful in this raspberry negroni. If you feel up to experimenting and have the ingredients, do it – and then report back on your results, would ya?
- 8 raspberries
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce Lillet Rose
- Lemon peel for garnish
- Place raspberries in a mixing glass and muddle.
- Add gin, Campari and Lillet Rose and fill mixing glass with ice.
- Stir and double strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
- Express the oils of a lemon peel over the drink, rub around the rim, twist and drop in the glass before enjoying.
Need a few more negroni variations? Check out the Campanilla made with tequila or the 46th Boulevard made with bourbon.
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