We've been through a "Bomb Cyclone", some "Thunder Snow" and a few Nor'easters. We're not sure what the weather is going to bring each year, but one thing is for sure, we can't wait for Spring to bloom and enjoy the outdoors again. And what better way to bring it on then to call it upon us by having one of my new creations and delicious cocktail that I like to call the "Rose Negroni". It's begs Spring to come on in and save us so we can enjoy this cocktail from now until...next Winter.
The "Rose Negroni", just like any Negroni, can be made bitter, sweet, smoky, citrusy and delightful. With equl parts, Gin, Cocchi Rosa and Dolin Blanc with a lemon twist, this cocktail will leave you saying "I'm gonna have to have another". Each spirit adds to the layer and taste that will set your palette on a voracious journey that will make you kick your shoes off, lay back and enjoy the sun. And if you happen to be in a tropical paradise, that doesn't hurt.
1 oz Dorothy Parker Gin
1 oz Cocchi Rosa
1 oz Dolin Blanc
Garnish: Lemon Twist
Like any recipe when cooking or baking, the ingredients are very specific when you want it to come out its very best, otherwise you compromise the integrity of what your making. The Gin used will be very important as it sets the tone for the drink and makes the experience pleasureable as opposed to forgettable or undistinguished. I prefer Dorothy Parker Gin from the New York Distilling Company. Named after Dorothy Parker who was a New Yorker known for her satire, was an activist, journalist, writer and poet. She was originally born Dorothy Rothschild and was born in West End New Jersey (hey you can totally Wikipedia this). All of the botanicals, elderberry, hibuscus petals, citrus and honey notes make this Gin so unique and tasty. To check out more of the New York Distiling Company's products you can check out their webite, New York Distilling Company.
Next is the Cocchi Rosa, created in 1891 by Giulio Cocchi (who also created Cocchi Torino and Americano). The name "Americano" s due to the process in which the alcohol is made bitter ("Americato") by the addition of herbs and spices added and to the American habit of drinking vermouth with ice and soda. Cocchi Rosa is produced with red wine with rose notes and a hint of vanilla. It has a bitter sweet taste that tames the cocktail. You can find out more about Cocchi here.
Then add the Dolin Blanc to seal the deal. With it's citrusy notes, which compliments the lemon twist, it adds body to the cocktail, while the Cocchi Rosa, mellows it out. Dolin vermouths are usually lighter and drier, and used in many tradiitonal cocktails. Dolin dry, Dolin Rouge, and Dolin Blanc have been around and produced in Chambery in the center of the French Alps. Vermouth is an aromatized wine including herbs, plants, grape spirits and sugar. This process dates back to the Ancient Greeks who wanted conceal or obscure bad wine which later turned out to be a process that made good wine better, or have medicinal properties.
There's definitely a trend with these spirits. They will make you feel...spiritual? With all bad jojes aside, each of these spirits have botanicals and citrus in them. You can enjoy them by themselves with a cube of ice, or mix them with their counterparts. Either way this drink will go down in history. A perfect compliment to New York, but more importantly, I dedicate this drink to the #metoo movement for all powerful and fierce women out there.