Leathered Negroni

2015-11-15

Ingredients

  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 part Campari

  • For a 3-liter wineskin, use:
  • 1 750ml bottle Gin
  • 1 750ml bottle Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 750ml bottle Campari

  • Add all ingredients to a 3-liter leather wineskin and store to taste (2 days to indefinitely). To serve, tap 3 ounces into an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir to chill and strain into a Rocks Glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist. If bottling, add ¼ oz. water per 6 oz. of cocktail and store in the freezer.

The Negroni is a delightful cocktail to age in a wineskin. The interaction of the leather with gin’s botanicals and the Campari’s bitter/rindy notes is quite nice. This is a unique alternative to aging cocktails in an oak barrel. Age to taste, but we enjoy it most after about four days and up to two weeks. Enjoy it straight from the wineskin or bottle up the aged concoction. If it gets too leathery for your palate, then top off the wineskin with fresh ingredients (à la the solera method) to tone it down. Check out our other Leathered (Wineskin-Aged) Cocktails and learn the ins-and-outs of wineskin management on our Tools & Techniques video. Cheers!

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