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The Negroni: a classic cocktail every mixologist should know.
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If you know me, you know I’m a Negroni fan.
The first time I ever had a negroni was when I made one for a guest at the bar, who proclaimed that it was “perfect.” From there, I knew I had to try this drink on my own and have since fallen in love.
The origin’s of the cocktails are unknown, however it is widely believed that Count Camillo Negroni invented the drink in Florence, Italy when he wanted to booze up his favorite cocktail, the light and refreshing Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda) by adding gin in place of the soda. Well done, Count Negroni. I would give you a high-five, for sure, if you were still around.
So what exactly is a Negroni? 
Simple, 3 ingredients—Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth—all in equal parts, stirred and strained or over fresh ice. Garnished with an orange twist or slice and finito! This drink is at once savory, crisp and bitter, but with an underlying sweetness to it. In addition, as you slowly sip—yes, this drink is a sipper—the flavors of the cocktail start to open up and become more pronounced, giving the cocktail new life minute after minute. 
After some time, you can start to experiment and create your own variations with spirits like Cynar, Aperol, Punt e Mes and Lillet. In fact, you can even make a white negroni, but we’ll save that for another day.
Bartender tip: You always want to stir cocktails that contain only spirits as you’ll get a clean, vibrant and clear finished product—no bits of ice here!

The Negroni: a classic cocktail every mixologist should know.

judena20:

If you know me, you know I’m a Negroni fan.

The first time I ever had a negroni was when I made one for a guest at the bar, who proclaimed that it was “perfect.” From there, I knew I had to try this drink on my own and have since fallen in love.

The origin’s of the cocktails are unknown, however it is widely believed that Count Camillo Negroni invented the drink in Florence, Italy when he wanted to booze up his favorite cocktail, the light and refreshing Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda) by adding gin in place of the soda. Well done, Count Negroni. I would give you a high-five, for sure, if you were still around.

So what exactly is a Negroni?

Simple, 3 ingredients—Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth—all in equal parts, stirred and strained or over fresh ice. Garnished with an orange twist or slice and finito! This drink is at once savory, crisp and bitter, but with an underlying sweetness to it. In addition, as you slowly sip—yes, this drink is a sipper—the flavors of the cocktail start to open up and become more pronounced, giving the cocktail new life minute after minute. 

After some time, you can start to experiment and create your own variations with spirits like Cynar, Aperol, Punt e Mes and Lillet. In fact, you can even make a white negroni, but we’ll save that for another day.

Bartender tip: You always want to stir cocktails that contain only spirits as you’ll get a clean, vibrant and clear finished product—no bits of ice here!

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TGIF! Time to relax with a cocktail!

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CHILE-CUCUMBER MARGARITA WITH HIBISCUS SALT

Sometimes a main ingredient will inspire an entire recipe, while other times, all it takes is a single garnish to spark some inspiration. In this case, it was a gifted tin of Hibiscus-infused salt from Associate Food Editor, Ariana Phillips, that moved me to get my “mixologist” on.

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Daily Bite Sip: TGIF! Forgo your normal daily bite for our daily sip! Egg whites aren’t just for breakfast! Bartenders shake them into drinks to create body, a velvety mouthfeel and a frothy head. Don’t believe us? Try it out with our Clover Club cocktail. Cheers!

Daily Bite Sip: TGIF! Forgo your normal daily bite for our daily sip! Egg whites aren’t just for breakfast! Bartenders shake them into drinks to create body, a velvety mouthfeel and a frothy head. Don’t believe us? Try it out with our Clover Club cocktail. Cheers!

Whenever you’re not sure what to drink, look over this this handy infographic via visual.ly for creative inspiration.
Cheers!

Whenever you’re not sure what to drink, look over this this handy infographic via visual.ly for creative inspiration.

Cheers!

Beer Break: Put Away Your Cell Phone

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It’s not surprising that the most stimulating and memorable conversations usually happen in person and oftentimes over great food and drink. So why then, do we communicate with our friends primarily via social media?

In honor of National Lager Day – and the start of National Lager Week – put away your ever-present mobile device and take some time to sip on a cold brew and establish a non-digital connection with friends and family.

Our suggestion? Cozy up with our Lazy Jerky Turkey Chili - Psst, it’s made with lager! -and pair it with a pint. This is one holiday week we’re looking forward to celebrating!