The Mezcal Negroni is an exciting take on the original bitter cocktail, the classic Negroni. If you're up for a refreshing twist on the classic Negroni, you're in for a treat.
Meet the Innovator
Let's kick things off with a little backstory. The Mezcal Negroni owes its existence to Joaquín Simó, a mixologist renowned for his inventive approach to crafting cocktails. Simó decided to breathe new life into the traditional Negroni, and the result is truly captivating.
Why Mezcal as the Base Spirit?
You might be wondering why mezcal was chosen as the base spirit for this reimagined classic. Mezcal brings a unique smokiness to the table, thanks to its production process, which involves roasting agave hearts in underground pits. This smoky character adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, setting it apart from the original Negroni.
Now, let's dive into the heart of the matter: flavor. This cocktail expertly combines the smoky notes of mezcal with the bitter edge of Campari and a touch of sweetness from vermouth. The result is a beautifully balanced medley of flavors, where you can really taste the base spirit.
The Mezcal Negroni differs from its classic counterpart primarily due to that intriguing smoky essence. In the original the gin kind of gets lost. But in this version, it's like taking a journey through a campfire-lit forest, where the earthy, smoky undertones of mezcal play alongside the classic Negroni's signature bitter-sweet accents. It's a flavor profile that's bold, yet harmonious, and it's bound to leave an impression.
Crafting Your Own
Interested in trying your hand at creating this unique concoction? We've got you covered. It’s super simple and we'll even introduce some intriguing techniques like smoking and grilling the garnish to elevate the experience. And the best part? You don't need an extensive bar setup to make it happen.
Simply combine the ingredients in your vessel and stir until well chilled:
- 1 oz Cut Above Zero Alcohol Mezcal
- 1 oz Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitivo
- 1 oz Roots Divino Bianco Vermouth
You’ll want to prepare your garnish in advance to create a real show stopper. Dip your sliced oranges into sugar and brulee them or put them under the broiler for a few minutes until well caramelized. Make sure the orange slices are fully cooled before adding to your drink.
The Nonalcoholic Mezcal Negroni
Discover the nonalcoholic Mezcal Negroni: A Smoky Twist on a Classic Cocktail. Learn how to craft this unique, non-alcoholic drink with mezcal's intriguing smokiness which stands up so well to the bitter aperitivo. Cheers to new flavors and memorable sips!
To brulée the orange slice, dip in sugar and torch until caramelized. Alternatively put under the broiler for a few minutes. Be sure to watch it so it doesn’t burn.
Put all the liquid ingredients in the mixing glass.
Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. About 10 seconds.
Put new ice into the chilled serving glass and strain the liquid over the new ice.
Garnish with the bruleéd orange slice, and enjoy!