The Negroni is one of my all-time favorite cocktails. It’s classic. It’s Italian. It’s symmetrically perfect, both in terms of it’s ingredients and the interplay of its dry, sweet and bitter flavors.
Because of its simplicity – and perfection – the Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that allows for experimentation and variation. Indeed, there is a vast catalog of Negroni variations out there – I’ve even been to a bar that had on its menu no less than 12 versions of the venerable Negroni.
One of the most interesting and pleasing takes I’ve found comes from the Death and Co cocktail book and is known as the White Negroni.
White Negroni Recipe
1.5 oz. gin
.75 oz. Suze
.75 oz. Dolin Blanc
Combine the gin, Suze and vermouth in a mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
The obvious hero of this drink is the peculiar and extremely interesting Suze – a French, not Italian, bitter liqueur made from gentian root. It’s intense and earthy and can very easily overpower any cocktail it comes in contact with.
If you prefer to make the White Negroni a little less bitter, I would recommend tweaking the recipe to 1 oz. vermouth and .5 oz. Suze.