If you are looking for a traditional yet sophisticated cocktail that dates to the beginning of the 20th century and was allegedly created by an Italian Count named Camillo Negroni, look no further than the Negroni and the more recent invention; the White Negroni. Although the latest variation of the Negroni is a recent invention, it is a very logical riff on the original drink that doesn’t sacrifice any of the complicated flavors but adds a slight element of sweetness.
Since its not-so-humble origins, this drink has grown by leaps and bounds. The classic cocktail today is a standard, sophisticated drink that many people hold dear, and you can get at the best high-end bars. Fortunately, you can always make it for yourself and your guests at home. The recipe is so simple that you can make the perfect one in minutes, impressing guests with your bartending skills.
Elevating the Traditional Negroni
Although the original is fabulous, you can always make your own modifications as well. Some of the most inventive bartenders will alter the drink’s recipe to make this delicious cocktail their very own. Occasionally, they hit the nail on the head, as with the white variation of this classic drink.
In 2001 Wayne Collins, a British bartender, elevated the Negroni at a drink trade show called VinExpo in Bordeaux, France. His creation highlighted gin and omitted sweet vermouth and Campari. Instead, he replaced the standard Campari and sweet vermouth with Suze, a French gentian liqueur, and a wine-based liquor called Lillet Blanc. The result was a drink that tasted familiar yet was something completely different and unexpected.
Quickly, the new variation took off and became popular all over the world. It’s even featured on the menu at Pegu Club, a chic New York City establishment, as well as speakeasies and other high-end, exclusive establishments. Although the new variation has all of the bitterness and robust flavor of the original, it also contains some floral elements and just a touch of sweetness.
White Negronis are one of the most sophisticated drinks that you can order and a welcome elevation of the original drink. Although they taste like a million dollars, you can easily prepare them right from the comfort of your own home. The key is to have the finest ingredients on hand and mix them together in a very well-chilled glass. If you don’t want to drink your beverage over ice, you can always substitute cold whisky rocks for ice cubes. Ultimately, this is the sort of drink that will turn you into a superstar host and have your guests wondering just how you manage to do it.