by Roberts & June, special to EdibleDC
With all apologies to the martini and the Manhattan, if we could rescue only one cocktail recipe from the apocalypse, it would be the Negroni. To our taste buds, nothing rivals the exquisite balance of floral, bitter, and sweet found in the original Negroni. And nothing is more satisfying than riffing off of the original recipe’s template of one part spirit, one part liqueur, one part fortified wine. The possibilities are endless, and almost always worth drinking. We’ve been especially delighted by this all-local variation, which somehow manages to be both traditional and original, paying deep homage to the Negroni’s Italian roots with ingredients made entirely in the District. You can practically taste the loving care in Don Ciccio & Figli’s easy-drinking, hand-crafted Luna Amara, and the spicy, fruity brightness of Capitoline’s vermouth brings a richness to the drink that we think—dare we say it—even surpasses the original.
June 6-12 happen to be Negroni Week, which raises money for charitable causes. Find a bar near you in the DMV and go have one or two for the kids of course.
- Stir the liquid ingredients with ice in a mixing glass until ice is well melted.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with orange slice.
Roberts and June recently moved to DC from Boston. They're former pastors who are now on a mission to help people drink better on every occasion; you can find more of their recipes, reviews, and tips on building your home bar at robertsandjune.com.