Campari is the dominant ingredient in the Negroni. It is one of the most unique flavored aperitifs you can find. Campari is an acquired taste that some people love while others not so much. The nice thing about a Negroni is that the sweet vermouth balances the bitterness of the Italian spirit Campari. This also makes the Negroni a nice drink for those looking to get away from all of the "sugar bombed" cocktails. It is widely believed that the Negroni was created and named for General Pascal Olivier de Negroni, the Count de Negroni in 1919 when he ordered an "Americano", a cocktail containing Campari and Sweet Vermouth, with gin at the Cafe Casoni in Florence, Italy. The Negroni can also be shaken and strained into a cocktail glass with a lemon or orange twist.
I found this version to be a nice change from the gin, moving into a fuller flavor of the rum. The bitters bring back some of the texture of the gin, with the lingering flavors of the rum mellowing the cocktail. ;o)
Bahama Bob’s Rum Negroni
- 1 1/2 ounces Rosy Vermouth
- 1 1/2 ounces Campari
- 1 1/2 ounces Matusalem Platino
- Dash of Fee Brothers Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters