A spooky twist on the classic Negroni cocktail! This Cynar Negroni is flavorful and made perfect for Halloween with Dry Ice!
Being folks that write about cocktails, we love the time around Halloween! Not only does it mean fall has arrived with all its fun flavors, but it also is a great excuse to make fun cocktails for Halloween parties with all kinds of crazy names and play with ingredients like dry ice! For our Vampire’s Negroni, we took a traditional cocktail (the Negroni) and put a little twist on it and then finished it with a little Halloween flair!
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We love to use the Negroni as a base cocktail to riff off of, as the recipe lends itself to simple variations! Because the basic formula of equal parts of gin, Campari and vermouth, it’s easy to switch up. A simple tweak of one of those ingredients and you have an entirely new cocktail! It still has the satisfyingly bitter characteristic of the Negroni, but with an entirely new flavor!
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We started out making the Vampire’s Negroni by mixing up our ingredients. We swapped out the typical London Dry gin, opting instead for St. George Distilling’s Dry Rye Reposado Gin. The Dry Rye Reposado Gin is aged in barrels (rather appropriate for a drink that uses Vampire in the name) and brings the spicy warmth of a rye whiskey with the crisp herbal notes of a gin. The gin gives the strong foundation needed for the other bold flavors we are using.
Next we wanted to bring a little sweetness to the party, and in a Negroni, vermouth is normally where you turn. For this cocktail, we skipped the vermouth and went with Cynar instead. Cynar is an Italian digestivo that brings a sweet earthiness to the cocktail, while also adding a hint of midnight color to the cocktail.
For the last ingredient, we didn’t stray to far afield, instead turning to strawberry infused Campari. This brought out the bitter note we all expect when we get a drink called a Negroni. The strawberry infusion also adds a hint of berry that plays well with gin while also brightening up the red color of the Campari. Adding a bit of red to a cocktail named the Vampire’s Negroni seemed appropriate as well!
We garnished the Vampire Cynar Negroni with a smoking sprig of rosemary. The smoking sprig brings a nice toasty herbal note to the drink, plus it looks really cool!
We did mention that we finished the Vampire’s Negroni with a little Halloween flair? When we started thinking about how so many vampires in movies always are shrouded in fog it seemed like a good idea to bring a little fog to this cocktail. How do you make fog in a cocktail, you say?
Making a cocktail roll with fog or “smoke” is really easy with a little dry ice! Just drop a small chip into the glass just before serving and the drink will bubble and produce a nice white fog!
One note about using dry ice in a cocktail, always make sure you use the smallest amount needed to get the fog going. Let the drinker know that the drink should not be consumed until the dry ice has completely evaporated (and the drink stops bubbling!)
Give the Vampire’s Cynar Negroni a try for your next Halloween party, you might just find it super spooky!
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Forest Negroni – Sunset Magazine
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- 1 oz Cynar
- 1 oz Dry Rye Reposado Gin
- 1 oz Strawberry Infused Campari
- Rosemary for garnish (optional)
- Dry Ice (optional)
Combine liquors in shaker, and shake to combine.
Strain into coupe glass.
Garnish with rosemary sprig and dry ice (optional).
One note about using dry ice in a cocktail, always make sure you use the smallest amount needed to get the fog going and let the drinker know that the drink should not be consumed until the dry ice has completely evaporated (and the drink stops bubbling!)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268 Total Fat: .1g Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 24.3g Sugar: 16.2g
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