One of the reasons we love the Negroni is the sheer versatility of the cocktail. Simply by swapping out London Dry Gin for a New American Gin or Genever, you have a different cocktail.
But this version takes it even further.
We've thrown 'tradition' out the window by scrapping gin altogether in favor of Mezcal. Though some might say Mezcal is an acquired taste, it didn't take us very long to love it. It's a cousin of tequila with a smoky taste almost reminiscent of Scotch. Appearing more and more in many cocktails, its bold flavor makes it a natural for the bitterness of a Negroni.
But we didn't stop at Mezcal. We've also swapped out a bit of the Campari with Ancho Reyes. Made in small batches and infused with dried ancho chilis, Ancho Reyes is one of those things you should probably own, as even just a little can do magic to most any cocktail.
cocktail mixing glass
1.5 oz Vida Mezcal from Del Maguey
1.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
.5 oz Ancho Reyes
orange twist for garnish
Combine all spirits in a cocktail mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir to chill and strain into a chilled rocks glass with fresh ice. Add twist of orange to garnish.