The Holidays are a time for celebrating in all forms and one of my favorite forms of celebration is clicking cocktails together with friends and loved ones.
So many holiday drinks are super sweet or creamy or heavy, so I thought I would share something a little different. Enter the Cranberry Negroni. Negronis are an acquired taste, as is Campari, the spirit used to make them. Bitter, with a distinct aftertaste, the flavor of Campari doesn’t match the pretty pink color. But stick with it! I really didn’t like the first Negroni I had and now really enjoy the taste of Campari and the bitter refreshment it offers.
This Negroni isn’t far off from the traditional, but for a little holiday twist, I added cranberry. While wandering around Bevmo I found some cocktail cranberries but I can’t seem to find them anywhere online. So if you can find those, great! If not, I think that these candied cranberries would be even better. Or use some Cranberry Bitters.
Since I was garnishing with cranberries, I skipped the traditional orange twist. But I did want some orange flavor so I added a couple of dashes of orange bitters. Bitters are the best and I definitely recommend stocking a few of your favorites!
Recipe for a Cranberry Negroni -
Combine in shaker with ice:
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Vermouth
Splash cranberry juice and/or dashes cranberry bitters
2-3 dashes orange bitters
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberries.