Strawberry Negroni RecipeSusan Palmer | Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
This strawberry negroni is perfect for summer. Sweet strawberries, gin, Campari and vermouth make for one smooth cocktail.
Now that the weather is finally starting to feel like June - I don’t know about where you live but it’s been cold and chilly for the majority of Spring here in Brooklyn - it’s time to switch up to my summer cocktail routine.
I’ll always be a bourbon girl at heart, somehow ending up with a bourbon smash or an old fashioned in my hand before the night is over, but to start with - it’s usually going to be a Pimm’s Cup or a Negroni. Gin is hands down my summer spirit of choice.
It’s taken a while to really learn to appreciate the fine botanicals and piney flavor of gin. I think the key is find the type that you like the best and work your way around there.
Each brand has its own flavor profile, some are more floral than others, while some more citrusy. I tend to lean on the more citrusy heavy brands but these days I rarely turn down a gin-based cocktail.
Of course, once I learned to love gin, the next thing to learn to love was a Negroni. It’s not an easy cocktail to love; the only way to describe it is bitter.
Comprised of equal parts of gin, campari and sweet vermouth, you have to wonder who decided to put the three together. There are no bitters, no simple syrup, no acid, nothing.
The first time I tried it, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t fall in love either. The second time, I was hooked.
I don’t love super sweet cocktails, so this was right up my alley.
Since I love playing around with the flavors of classic cocktails and it is strawberry season, I thought it would be fun to make sort of an introductory version of the Negroni. This strawberry negroni is just a tad less harsh than the original.
Mixed with a homemade strawberry syrup and then equal parts of gin, campari and sweet vermouth, it sweetens things up just a little bit. The strawberry flavor isn’t very present, just sits there in the background.
There’s a lot of flexibility here - you can go with less sugar in your strawberry syrup mix, or just go full on strawberry puree. The world is your oyster (or cocktail bar), but I hear oysters do go well with a negroni.
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Strawberry Negroni Recipe
IngredientsFor the Strawberry Syrup:
- 2 cups Sliced Strawberries
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 ounces Gin
- 2 ounces Campari
- 2 ounces Sweet Vermouth
- Strawberries, for garnish
- Ice Cubes
To Make the Strawberry Syrup:
- In a small to medium saucepan combine the sliced strawberries, water and sugar over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and the reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Cook for about 10-15 minutes until the strawberries are completely broken down and can be mashed easily.
- Pour the mix over a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and discard the solids. If you would like to infuse more strawberry flavor you can puree the strawberries and then strain through the sieve to eliminate any seeds.
- Let cool.
To Mix the Cocktail:
- In a cocktail mixing glass filled with ice pour the gin, campari, sweet vermouth and 1 ounce of strawberry syrup.
- Stir until the cocktail is chilled, taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
- Then, strain into two ice filled old fashioned glass, and garnish with a strawberry before serving.
- Susan Palmer
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Author: Susan Palmer
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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