Whether I'm home with my partner, or a group of friends I always start the evening with an Aperitivo. In Italy, Aperitivo is a daily ritual, marking the end of the day, the drinks are designed to whet your palette, and always served with a salty snack. This recipe for a White Negroni is a lighter and floral cousin to the bold and bitter Classic Negroni, the classic Campari or “bitter aperitivo” is replaced with Cocchi Americano which is a citrus-y aperitivo wine, and the herbaceous sweet vermouth is swapped out for Blanc Vermouth which is a delicate, clear vermouth. My favorite is Saler’s Blanc Vermouth, but more easily found is Dolin Blanc.
all units: U.S. Imperial
- 1.5 oz London Dry Gin
- .75 oz Cocchi Americano
- .5 oz Blanc Vermouth
- Lemon or Grapefruit peel for garnish
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail mixing glass and stir over ice, allow to dilute for 60 seconds.
Serve in a rocks glass, over a large single ice cube, with a citrus peel garnish.