It's Thursday, Who's Thirsty? A Tale of Love, Hate and the Negroni
When we first started dating, we spent a lot of time traveling, eating and drinking (who are we kidding, we still do this) - analyzing the good and the bad of everything that came our way. We were building on foundational issues important to each of us such as medium-rare beef, a love of whiskey and our general disdain for quinoa when we unexpectedly hit a wall...we discovered that 1/2 of this relationship hated Campari. A difference so seemingly trivial should rattle no one, be quickly forgotten and certainly not evoke a reaction like: "WAIT, BUT WHAT ABOUT A NEGRONI?!", but it did. We'll spare you the details of our banter and just inform you that Negronis were never ordered in pairs.
Then one day everything changed.
Our 2-year anniversary came knocking and with Christmas and VDay just in the rearview we both agreed on "for us" gifts instead of "for you" gifts. In the mix was a bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet, High West Double Rye, Old Tom Gin, some new bitters and the secret to solving our Negroni problems forever. A bottle of Gran Classico.
This 56 proof aperitif is made by soaking a mixture of 25 aromatic roots and herbs in an alcohol / water solution in order to extract their flavors and aromas. While some liqueurs and bitters dye their product, Gran Classico's amber color is a natural result of the soaking process (shout out to wiki!). The internet is full of information regarding Gran Classico, from the digestif's ban to disputes on which brand owned the original recipe - them or Campari. The information is endless and so you may need to mix yourself a cocktail before diving in. It is with great bias we are going to suggest the Ransom Negroni, also known (at least to 1/2 of us) as the Negroni...for now.
1.5 ounces Old Tom Gin
1 ounce Carpano Antica (sweet vermouth)
1 ounce Gran Classico
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir until very cold. Serve in a rocks glass over one large ice cube and garnish with an orange peel.