Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Negroni Saignée

Negroni Saignée

I'm not much of a fan of mixed drinks, particularly vodka-based ones. But the Negroni Saignée, invented by Sam Clifton of the excellent restaurant Telepan, is a delicious adult cocktail: more bitter than sweet. Combine equal parts of Blood Orange Vodka, Aperol and white Lillet with a splash of Orange Bitters. Shake well in a cocktail shaker or (unless you're James Bond) stir in a pitcher. Serve straight up in a martini glass with a twist of orange peel. I keep the vodka frozen, chill the Aperol, the Lillet and the glasses to produce a very cold drink and cut down on dilution by the ice.

Bobby Jay

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