Chocolate Negroni

Cocktail, Negroni, Chocolate, Downton Distillery

This is a twist on the classic negroni.

For those that do not know the Negroni, it is to this decade what the Cosmopolitan was to the '90s—a zeitgeist (spirit of the times) defining cocktail that’s as beloved as it is hated. A little like marmite. How did this bitter concoction—made of equal parts Campari, vermouth and gin—go from relative obscurity to headlining every cocktail list worldwide?

In the last decade the Negroni has morphed into a mainstay of any self-respecting cocktail menu. The Negroni's popularity shows no sign of slowing. Due to its simplicity the base spirits can be swapped out for other styles and most bars will have their own rifts.

The Chocolate Negroni, which was invented by Naren Young at Cafe Dante in the West Village, New York. The original recipe used Punt E Mes, which is an Italian Vermouth, but we have changed this for Vermouth Di Torino.

It is a subtle drink, by adding the bitters and chocolate liqueur it provides the confectionery twist.

Ease of Making: Easy 

Glass Type: Rocks Glass / Old Fashioned

Taste: Rich, full of flavour with chocolate orange notes.

Original Recipe:

  • 25ml Explorer’s Gin
  • 25ml 1757 Vermouth DI Torino Rosso
  • 25ml Sacred Rosehip Cup
  • 10ml Mozart dark chocolate liqueur
  • 8 drops of Orange bitters
  • Garnish with orange peel

Method:

  • Add ice to a mixing glass then the above ingredients
  • Zest the rims of the rock glasses with orange peel
  • Stir the ingredients then strain into your glassware
  • Garnish with orange peel or grate some dark chocolate over the top

Alternatives:

  • Swap Orange bitters for Chocolate Bitters
  • Replace the Vermouth for Punt E Mes
  • Replace Sacred Rosehip Cup with Campari
  • Replace the Mozart Liqueur for Crème de Cacao
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