Good news, you guys: it’s Negroni Week! At first, I thought about serving up a classic Negroni to mark the occasion, but then I realized there’d be one fairly significant hitch in that plan: one-third of a Negroni is Campari, and I’ve never been much of a Campari fan.
Fortunately, however, I am very enthusiastic about Aperol, Campari’s slightly sweeter and less bitter cousin. Ever since an Italian friend introduced me to the Aperol Spritz back in the summer of 2011, I’ve been hooked, so I thought: Why not make a Negroni with Aperol instead? It turns out that an Aperol Negroni is a very, very good idea. In fact, I think I’ve found my new summer drink.
See the recipe below.
- 1 oz. gin (I used The Botanist)
- 1 oz. Aperol
- 1 oz. dry vermouth
- Lemon twist, for garnish
This is an easy one. Pour the gin, Aperol, and vermouth into a chilled Old-Fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with the lemon twist and serve. Enjoy!