More than once in the past I have stated that I really love the Negroni to death. Its countless variations are therefore always a welcome change in my glass, but from time to time I’m also experimenting around a little bit in order to find a new potential favorite or at least simply a good twist.
So here’s a really nice twist on a Negroni which I have discovered while thinking about using the Feiner Kappler Grüne Nuss liqueur (Green Nut) and the Feiner Kappler Trester Edelbrand (pomace spirit) in a drink. This Negroni differs quite a bit from the original, but the DNA of the Negroni is undoubtedly fundamental here. Nonetheless, the base spirit is a matured Rhum Agricole (I have opted for the Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP) that pairs with a rather sweet vermouth (Dolin Blanc) to match the beautiful bitterness of the Feiner Kappler Grüne Nuss (Green Nut). Too emphasize the nut theme of this drink I also added a little Frangelico. Also some Tresterbrand (pomace spirit) enriches the cocktail with its beautiful, spicy and warm aromas. Finally the whole thing is rounded off by two Dashes of Black Walnut Bitters.
I simply named the cocktail after a headline of an article about a cocktail contest on the website of the Santa Barbara Independent that I have read some years ago: Nuts for Negroni.
4 cl Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP
1.25 cl Feiner Kappler Grüne Nuss Likör (Green Nut liqueur)
0.5 cl Frangelico
1.5 cl Feiner Kappler Trester Edelbrand (pomace brandy)
2 cl Dolin Blanc vermouth
2 Dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
Preparation: Mix all the ingredients together in your glass on ice cubes and give them a stir.
Buying sources: At specialized retailers or online.