Thursday is the new Friday so kick your shoes off and shake up one of my favourite summer gin cocktails.
Citrus (typically an orange slice) is essential to the Negroni, a classic Italian gin based cocktail. Having fallen in love with Texas grapefruits, which are sweeter, juicier, and less fussy to eat than other grapefruits I’ve had, I incorporated it into the Negroni as an extra boost of sunshine.
I tend to find that the Negroni lies on the sweeter end of my palate. As much as the Campari’s bitterness cuts through it, I personally like a squeeze of acid for good measure. In this case, grapefruit’s bright and floral zing and is the perfect accompaniment, especially on a hot afternoon on the patio.
For the traditional Negroni recipe, simply omit the grapefruit juice.