When I first started editing this column a few years ago, I wasn’t big on cocktails, so I’d give them all to my husband. Now each month I look forward to making the cocktails and tasting them. This week’s recipe is a take on the classic cocktail, the Negroni. This version, the Stolen Negroni, was shared with us by Emily Arden Wells, the author behind the popular Gastronomista cocktail website. I was drawn into Gastronomista by the cocktail variety, and then became intrigued with the person behind it, and I really wanted to know what her favorite cocktail among cocktails was. Here it is – and it’s tasty! –Kristina
About Gastronomista: Emily Arden Wells is the author behind Gastronomista, a website focused on the culture of cocktails, founded in October of 2009. An architect by day, writer and avid drinker by night, Emily and her blog Gastronomista have been featured in print and online including Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Company Magazine, Saveur Magazine, Gilt, Taste, Eater, Coolhunting, Food Republic, EcoSalon, The New York Times, Forbes, El Pais, Heritage Radio Network and in a national Blackberry commercial with the food lovers app, UrbanSpoon.
See what makes up a Stolen Negroni after the jump!
The Stolen Negroni
- 1 oz Gin*
- 1 oz Cynar
- 1 oz Aperol
- Orange for garnish
* Emily personally prefers Beefeater or Plymouth for Negroni-style cocktails because she considers them to be high quality gins that are not too imposing. She enjoys that they both have a dominant flavor of juniper and citrus, but don’t have any other strong flavors that might conflict with the cocktail in which they are used.
Put all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail glass (or in Emily’s case, her grandmother’s vintage cocktail shaker). Stir well. Strain into a cocktail coupe and serve with an orange twist garnish.
Why Emily loves this recipe: My go-to cocktail is always the Negroni – there’s such perfect harmony in the trilogy of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. I prefer the classic ratio of 1:1:1, and I like it served with a lemon peel instead of the traditional orange peel. I always get really excited when I discover new variations on the Negroni, especially when they maintain the critical balance of bitter, sweet and strong. I had the Stolen Negroni for the first time at Rucola, the gorgeously romantic Brooklyn eatery. It’s a simple cocktail based on the classic Negroni, but with Aperol, Cynar and gin, and is garnished with an orange twist. Upon first sip, I instantly fell in love with it. I took note of the ingredients and took to my home bar to re-create it, hence the ‘Stolen’ nomenclature. The Stolen Negroni is a gorgeous cocktail that has a bright, fruity and floral flavor thanks to the Aperol, and is a perfect apéritif for the warmer months. I’m a bit biased towards the Stolen Negroni – I served it as the “hers” cocktail at our wedding last September. I wanted a softer version of a Negroni, and I love how the sweetness and the bright orange-pink hue of the Aperol makes the drink more romantic than the classic. When I have one, I’m instantly transported back to that day and all the happiness that surrounded us.