This fancy version of the eternally popular Negroni is sure to catch on (fire).
Negronis are perennially popular and while they’re in no need of improvement, we’re always up for experimentation.
Entitled The Old Flame, this drink is an invention of Dale DeGroff, the author of The Craft of the Cocktail, one of the finest books on the art of drink-makery. DeGroff won the ‘Fancy Cocktail’ category in Spain for this thing – and what’s better than the fancy category?
To make an Old Flame, fill a shaker with ice and pour in a generous splash of Bombay gin, followed up with a more restrained splash of Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth. Add the same amount of Cointreau and then a dash of Campari.
Pour in a good measure of fresh orange juice and shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If you think you’re up to the fancy category, you can try garnishing the Old Flame with a flamed orange twist – take a slice of orange peel, removing the bitter white pith from the underside, and squeeze the twist of peel over a lit match. The oil in the citrus skin should ignite, and then you can use your flamed orange to garnish the Old Flame.
Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth