Happy Now #64

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Wild Rose Negroni

Though it’s a bit odd I’m writing up a variant of a classic cocktail without having first discussed the original, this particular variant (and I’ve tried many) is so spectacular I really had no choice. A Negroni, one of the true classic cocktails, is equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. It’s a beautiful drink, and has earned the right not to be fussed with.

Though I generally prefer the original to almost all pretenders I’ve sampled, The Wild Rose Negroni is the exception. Though simple in composition, the end result is a complex floral masterpiece that makes the work of getting your hands on rose liqueur absolutely worth it (and it won’t be easy in Ontario). I own the veritable Miclo product but Briottet, Giffard and others make beautiful rose liqueurs. In a pinch, one could use rose syrup available at specialty stores like Pusateri’s and BYOB. Sadly, you will never ever find it at the LCBO or most run-of-the-mill liquor stores outside Ontario.

I came across the recipe in A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails. Its creator, John Pritchard, is the chef and proprietor of Terre Rouge in Charlottetown, PEI.

Ingredients:

1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
¾ oz Rose Liqueur
1 Orange Twist

Directions:

  1. Add ice to ingredients and stir.
  2. Strain into a smallish, chilled Old Fashioned with or without a large cube of ice (your choice).
  3. Garnish with orange.

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