It’s a return to the classics in the bespoke world of cocktails with plenty of attention being given to the wondrous gin and a splash of vermouth. Dive in with our take on the Italian classic: a blood orange Negroni.
The Urban List Negroni
20ml dry vermouth
Finely shaved ice
2 slices of blood orange, peel removed
2 slices of lime
Blood orange Tiro
Place the gin, vermouth and ice in a cocktail mixer and shake to combine. Top with a dash of champagne and blood orange Tiro.
Add the orange and lime slices to 2 highball glasses. Pour the gin and ice mixture over the citrus slices and serve immediately.
A few handy tasting notes (aka how to impress your friends):
- Opt for big, punchy floral-profile gins when mixing drinks with strong flavours
- Dutch gins are generally distilled at a lower alcoholic strength than New World types
- The subtle character of gin, not to mention its high adaptability to mixing, has contributed to its ongoing popularity
- By law, juniper is the only ingredient that must feature in the botanical mix, so gin can contain a range of bizarre and unusual flavour possibilities giving distillers (and you) huge scope for creativity
- For Asian foods, gin is a far better taste partner than most wines, with the spicy, dry flavours of each complementing each other perfectly
- Great for cutting through dense rich flavours, especially game meats
- Generally a palate refresher; and perfect aperitif
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A note from The Urban List team: Katrina Meynink is our most favourite (and most fashionable) foodie. Her first cookbook, Kitchen Coquette, is set to be published by Allen & Unwin in November and you can read more of her delicious and hilarious musings over on The Little Crumb.
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