This was created at Dante, 104-year-old Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village, New York. The heritage of the cocktail is from two different Italian cocktail classics, the Negroni and the Angelo Azzurro, or “Blue Angel.”
There are three different white vermouths used with this version, but each performs a different role:
- Mancino Secco is a crisp dry vermouth.
- Lillet Blanc is a slightly sweet aperitif wine.
- Luxardo Bitter Bianco is a white bitter—akin to Campari, but without the red hue.
You can double up on either the dry vermouth or the Lillet but will not be the same drink. The white bitter is the one non-negotiable. An alternative to Luxardo is Suze.
Ease of Making: Easy
Glass Type: Nick Nora
Taste: Sweet and Dry
- 30 ml Explorer’s gin
- 30ml Mancino Secco
- 15ml Lillet Blanc
- 15ml Luxardo Bianco
- 5ml Blue Curaçao
- 3 drops of Orange Bitters
- Garnish with Orange Peel
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Wipe the rim of the glass with a little orange peel.
- Shake hard then strain into your glass.
- Garnish with orange peel.
Variations to Try:
- Double up on Lillet Blanc and remove the Mancino Secco
- Use lemon bitters instead of orange.