Cocktail Corner: Barrel-aged Negroni Blanco

A Whidbey Island Negroni

By Rose Andres, WAC Bartender

Created in Florence, Italy, in 1919, the Negroni is indisputably one of the most iconic cocktails of all time. Lore has it that Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender friend Forsco Scarselli to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano. By replacing the soda water with gin and the lemon with an orange, Scarselli created a star.

The success of the Negroni helped form the Negroni Antica Distilleria in Treviso, Italy, where a ready-made version of the drink was produced.

The cocktail scene in the Pacific Northwest, meanwhile, is evolving constantly. For the past several years, cocktails and boutique distilled liquors of all kinds have been barrel-aged and cask-finished. One shining example of barrel-aging done right is Epic Sh’t Gin from Cadée, an award-winning distillery on Whidbey Island. Choosing this barrel-aged gin lends new life and depth to a traditional Negroni. Take your cocktail game to the next level with my riff on this Italian classic. Cheers!

Barrel-aged Negroni Bianco

  • 1¼ oz. Epic Sh’t Gin
  • 1¼ oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • 1¼ oz. Martini & Rossi bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass or shaker filled with ice, stir, strain into a coupe or martini glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

As published in the January/February 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted January 5, 2019

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