Negroni Sour

Negroni Sour

History informs us that drink originated from Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919. Legend tells that Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend, bartender Forsco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing the soda water with gin. Scarselli added an orange garnish, rather than the lemon you’d usually get with an Americano, and the drink took off. Before long, everyone was coming into the bar for a ‘Negroni.’

In the last decade the Negroni has morphed into a mainstay of any self-respecting cocktail menu with many variants on offer. This recipe turns the aperitivo icon into a fluffy sour thanks to a hit of both orange and lemon juices as well as an egg white for the requisite froth.

Jägermeister has been used as an alternative to Vermouth providing an extra layer of complexity.

Campari:

  • When it comes to mixing classic cocktails like Negroni and Americanos, there is simply no substitute for Campari.

Use of Egg White in Drinks

  • Sours including whiskey sours have traditionally been made with egg whites.

  • When properly shaken, the whites give drinks a silky, almost creamy texture,

  • Adding an egg white helps mellow and integrate these flavours without muting them, while also contributing a silky texture and an opacity that is quite elegant in a vividly coloured drink.

Use of Lemon

  • The acidity within the lemon provides the sour elements within the cocktail.

Use of Simple Sugar Syrup

Ingredients for Campari Sour

  • 25ml Great Bustard Gin

  • 25ml Jägermeister

  • 25ml Campari

  • 14ml Orange juice

  • 14ml Lemon juice

  • 10ml Simple Syrup

  • 1 small egg white

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker then dry shake without ice to combine.

  • Add ice and shake vigorously.

  • Strain into a coupe glass.

  • Garnish with the orange peel.

To Taste:

  • It’s cold and fun, but with a super-sharp citrus-rindy bitterness.

  • Though bright and bracingly bitter, the well-balanced sour (from the lemon) and sweetness, along with the rich velvety head, make for one delicious cocktail.

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