On many occasions I have expressed that the Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails. In this respect, today is a day where I don’t have to lose big words to the drink I’d like to present. The Bittersweet Garden is a very interesting and complex variant of the Negroni. And it’s really worth a try!
I got to know the cocktail through an article about Negronis on the highly recommended cocktail blog The Straight Up where the very interesting list of ingredient made me immediately curious about the drink. The Bittersweet Garden Cocktail relies on the classic ingredients Campari and gin but replaces the commonly dry, red vermouth by the rather sweet Dolin Blanc, as well as maraschino, Fernet Branca and green Chartreuse. So it promises to be significantly more herbal and floral what appears very promising to me.
And the promise was kept: a firework of bitterness, flowery and rich herbaceous notes swirl around the palate and make the drink absolutely suitable as an autumn cocktail.
Recipe (in US-typical ounces):
1.25 oz Campari
1 oz Gin
0.5 oz Green Chartreuse
0.5 oz Dolin Blanc vermouth
0.25 oz Fernet Branca
1 bar spoon Maraschino
Preparation: Mix all ingredients except the Fernet in stirring glass on ice and stir until cold. Pour the Fernet into your chilled glass and rim the whole glas with it. Do notw discard the remaining Fernet but leave in in the glass! Then pour in the content of your stirring glass and spray the drink with the orange zest (see below).
Glass: Tumbler or Coupette
Garnish: orange zest
Buying Sources: Most of the ingredients can be found in well-stocked supermarkets. For special Gins (to taste) and Dolin Blanc a visit to a specialty store can be necessary. Alternatively you can of course order your ingredients online.