Sometimes bitter can be oh so sweet! Bitter chocolate in a sweet desert. Bitter lemon in lemonade. The tart sensation of a key lime pie. The bitterness balances out the sweetness. Lets face it if things were just sweet all the time life would be a little bit boring and mundane. My bitter twist on a classic Negroni embraces the bitterness of Amaro instead of Vermouth an just a touch of lemon juice instead of and orange twist. I was in need of a little bitter cocktail after my not so sweet news of being summoned to jury duty for the first time. This definitely hit the spot for me and I hope it does for you too! Enjoy!
-2oz Venus Gin #2
-0.5oz St. George Bruto Americano
-0.5oz Averno Amaro
-0.5oz Lemon Juice
-Garnish- Maraschino Cherries
Grab a mixing glass and fill it with ice. Using a jigger measure out your ingredients and pour them in the mixing glass. Using your mixing spoon gently stir your cocktail focusing on the outer part of the glass so as not to crush the ice. Pour your mixture through a strainer in to a glass over fresh ice and garnish with a cherry (or 2 or 3 because they are addictive). Sip and enjoy!
Notes: Both Venus Gin and St, George Spirits are local to the Bay Area in California. I like to support local businesses, but if you are unable to purchase them where you are live or have a preference you can use the gin of your choice and Campari instead.