With the Burning Thunder I have presented a truly innovative drink based on Rhum Agricole. Today it’s once again about this most interesting spirit and a small but nice recipe.
The article is actually a little shorter, but the recipe does not need many words. It is simply a variant of the Negroni. That I appreciate the Negroni and that it is one of my all-time Favorites among classic drinks I have already announced on various occasions. So I was very curious about this version based on the sugar cane distillate from the Caribbean as a substitute for the gin part. The use of Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters also promised to enrich the cocktail with very interesting additional flavor components.
And what should I say? The result is really great! I liked the Neisson Negroni a lot. I came upon the drink through a short article on thespeakista.com. According to this article the drink was invented by Avery Glasser of Bittermens and represents a modification of the Right Hand cocktail, only that it relies on Rhum Agricole instead of Demerara rum. The Neisson Negroni therefore is slightly more on the bitter and dry side, but through the spicy notes of Carpano Antica Formula, the bitter herbalness of Campari and the depth of chocolate bitters it gains a highly unusual and absolutely convincing complexity. With every sip I felt like being in a wonderful world of bitter, complex Caribbean flavors.
The Neisson Negroni was named after the Neisson Rhum Agricole used in the original recipe. Of course you can mix the cocktail with another Rhum Agricole; although in that case the name wouldn’t really fit any more. But to be honest: There are more important problems.
Recipe (in US-typical ounces):
1 oz Rhum Agricole blanc
1 oz Campari
¾ oz Antica Formula
2 Dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters (alternatively you could also use The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters)
Stir all the ingredients on ice until cold. Then strain into your pre-chilled glass.
Glass: Coupette or tumbler (I opted for the Perfect S.O.F. Glass from the Spiegelau Perfect Serve Collection by Stephan Hinz)
Garnish: orange zest
Buying sources: Rhum Agricole, Carpano Antica Formula and the Bitters may require a visit to a specialist trader under certain circumstances. Alternatively, of course, you can simply order everything you need online.