5 PM is a magical time in our house. I call it rush hour…
When the clock strikes, my darling little boys morph into CRAZED monsters. They scream. They break things. The cats fear for their lives. It’s like they’ve been cast by a spell! If you have little kids, you know exactly what I’m talking about about.
Enter: husband with cocktail.
One night (after the craziness had settled down), my husband made me a blood orange negroni. I’ve never had one before and to be honest with you, I was kind of bummed. When I think of a negroni, I picture an old man’s drink. My grandpa loves them.
But an old man’s drink it is not!
My negroni was wonderfully light and refreshing. It was made with campari, gin, sweet vermouth, and a splash of blood orange soda (Trader Joe’s strikes again!) He even garnished it with thinly sliced clementines. Très chic.
So now I’m a negroni fan. I love the slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste with hints of heavenly orange (I guess Gramps was onto something…) It makes a wonderful aperitif as well. Two can play at this game, rush hour!
*If you can’t find blood orange soda, substitute with fresh orange juice (navels, clementines, or blood oranges will work too). Add club soda and a little agave syrup if you like it sweet.
- 1 oz. campari
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- blood orange soda
- clementines, thinly sliced
- Combine campari, gin, sweet vermouth, and pour over ice.
- Top with blood orange soda and stir well.
- Garnish with thinly sliced clementines.