The Negroni, with its iconic ruby hue and bold flavors, has cemented its place in cocktail history. Its distinctive bitterness, brought about by Campari, is both its strength and its polarizing aspect. In our modern twist the Cyber Negroni, we usher the classic into the digital age, introducing smokier and less bitter elements, fit for the era of cyber mixology.
The Negroni’s Origins
The story goes that the Negroni was born in the early 20th century when Count Camillo Negroni, an Italian nobleman, wanted a stronger alternative to his usual cocktail, the Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water). The bartender obliged, replacing the soda with gin, and the Negroni was born. With its robust and complex flavors, the cocktail quickly became a hit in Italy and subsequently, the world.
Tasting Notes for The Cyber Negroni
- Mezcal: Provides a smoky foundation, giving the cocktail depth and warmth.
- Amaro Nonino: If you recall from our Paper Plane cocktail post, this amaro is less bitter than Campari, offering herbaceous and slightly sweeter notes.
- Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth: As we’ve highlighted in our Manhattan post, this vermouth brings rich, spiced, and vanilla tones that complement the Amaro Nonino.
- Bitters: Peychaud’s offers a light anise touch while Angostura provides a spiced complexity.
- Orange oil: A spritz brightens the drink, giving it a refreshing, citrusy top note.
The Cyber Negroni is a delightful reimagination of the traditional. Where the classic Negroni is bold and bitter, the Cyber variant is smoky, sophisticated, and nuanced, all while paying homage to its roots. Dive into the digital age of cocktails with this refreshing mix and share your experience with fellow mixology enthusiasts.
- 1 oz Mezcal
- 1 oz Amaro Nonino
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth Carpano Antica Formula
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Orange oil to spritz
- Combine Mezcal, Amaro Nonino, and Carpano Antica Formula in a mixing glass.
- Add the Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters.
- Fill with ice and stir until well-chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over a single, large ice cube.
- Finish with a spritz of orange oil.