We love a good cocktail here at K2.0. Must have depth of flavor, but not a boatload of carbs. A Negroni cocktail fit the bill last night. The peeps over at DrinkingCup.net say that the Negroni cocktail was named after Count Camillo Negroni in the 1920s. As legend has it, he ordered an Americano with Gin at a café in Florence, and the rest, as they say, is history!
1.5 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. Campari, 1 oz. Carpano Antica Formula vermouth. Garnish with a 1″ wide orange peel. There you have it, a classic Negroni cocktail! We think the bitterness of this cocktail would pair well with a slice of Comté or Parmesan cheese and some great artisan crackers.
Why is a Negroni so bitter?
Gin is only one third of a Negroni. The Campari and Vermouth are the key to its unique taste. Campari, like its cousins Vermouth, Lillet, and Apérol, are all Apéritifs, which just means they are cocktails served to stimulate the appetite before dinner. However, Apérol and Campari are bitters, with a complex and closely guarded secret recipe of herbs and spices. That bitterness also comes from Chinotto, which is a small citrus fruit similar to myrtle. Chinotto is also used to make Italian cola; their version of Coca-Cola.
For those of you who count the numbers, this Negroni cocktail is 242 cals and 12 carbs. What’s your favorite cocktail?