Happy Now #64


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.


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


  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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s