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Negroni & other "herb bombs"

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OK I am enjoying one of my favorite cocktails right now, Negroni made with 1 1/2 shots Boodles, 1 shot Campari, 1 shot Cinzano rosso vermouth, 3 dashes Angostura bitters. The aroma assault brought the term "herb bomb" to mind.

Who has other fantastically aromatic, complex and bitter aperitifs to share?

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  1. Negronis are about as good as they get, but I don't think I've ever had one with bitters.

    1. I had a Negroni variation that was quite good: substitue your 1 shot Campari for a 1/2 shot, and add a 1/2 shot of Cynar. It was garnished with an artichoke.

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      1. re: Alcachofa

        oh my god that sounds amazing, thanks for the tip!

        1. re: Alcachofa

          As I read the heading, I immediately thought of Cynar. Glad someone else besides me "gets it" but I've never tried it in a Negroni. Sounds fantastic!
          Thanks!!

          1. re: fauchon

            last time i ordered cynar in an upscale bar the waiter laughed at me. needless to say, i haven't returned. >;)

          2. re: Alcachofa

            Thanks I will definitely give that a try!

          3. Frenet Branca was a nice discovery a few years ago for me.

            1. I hope you reported him! LOL

              1. This list outlines several. I'm presently enjoying the Ramazzotti Amaro from Milano.

                List: http://www.internetwines.com/spirits-...