Over the past year the Negroni has taken on a life of its own. Renowned for its strong, bitter flavor profile, the classic cocktail has become incredibly popular, partly because it’s many-a bartenders’ first choice at the end of a long shift.
Although most would say the drink is perfect the way it is, I’ve taken the liberty of adding a little pineapple to the mix in order to sweeten it up for those with a more delicate palate.
The classic Negroni is simple in its brilliance, calling for equal parts of three ingredients: gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Its simplicity is what also makes the addition of pineapple possible, allowing the fruit’s sweet characteristics to compliment the bittersweet aspects of the drink.
Recipe: Pineapple Negroni
- 1 ounce of Campari
- 1 ounce of gin
- 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce of pineapple juice
- ½ to 1 cup of ice
In a glass add Campari, gin, sweet vermouth, pineapple juice and ice. Stir the mixture and serve.
Garnish: pineapple slice
Yields: 1 serving