Regular readers know how much I love the classic Negroni. That wonderfully bitter flavor profile from the Campari isn’t for everyone, though. If you prefer something sweeter that still has a lot of complexity, the French Negroni might be the drink for you.
The French Negroni subs Lillet for the Campari in the original recipe. This adds a sweeter floral flavor to the drink.
I learned about the French Negroni from the Speaking Easy Podcast (which you should definitely listen to):
- Mix equal parts sweet vermouth, Lillet Blanc, and dry gin. Add in a dash of orange bitters and stir well.
- Garnish with an orange peel or twist.
It is normally served up, but it is also pretty good over ice. If you choose to serve it over ice, switch to a rocks glass.