The original Negroni is a pretty simple cocktail. Equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. But when you want to play around a bit, it's easy to create new versions of the Negroni by swapping out a couple items.
For this one, we wanted to create what's called a "white" Negroni, although it's pretty easy to see that the thing is more yellow than white. It's all relative, people!
The first substitution is dry vermouth in place of sweet vermouth. Vermouth is what's referred to as an 'aromatized' wine, meaning it's been infused with herbs and botanicals to impart extra flavor. What some might not know is that both dry, which is white in color, and sweet, which is red in color, are both actually made using a base of white wine. The sweet vermouth simply has more ingredients that add the deeper color.
The second swap is Suze in place of Campari. A French aperitif, Suze is made using wild genetian. This plant imparts bitterness to Suze and is actually a common ingredient in many digestifs, including Aperol, Underberg and Angostura Bitters.
For the gin, we're using Big Gin from Seattle. It's got a robust flavor that can stand up well to Suze.
cocktail mixing glass
1.25 oz Big Gin
1.25 oz Suze
1.25 oz dry vermouth
grapefruit zest for garnish
Add the spirits to the cocktail mixing glass, fill with ice and stir to chill. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice.