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Sep 9, 2011 11:35 AM

Fall/Winter Cocktail to Replace My Beloved Negroni

I will forever associate the Summer of 2011 with my life-enhancing discovery of the Negroni. Before discovering this superb cocktail, I cast about trying newfangled cocktails indiscriminately. As much as I love the Negroni, at its essence, it's a summer drink. I'm looking for recommendations on a fall/winter cocktail to replace the Negroni until next Spring. I favor gin as my spirit, but I'm open to non-gin-based cocktails as well, as long as they're not too sweet.



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  1. Personally, I think the richness of the Sweet Vermouth makes the Negroni a great drink for any season. That said, perhaps whiskey would be welcome in the fall. If you like the bitter flavors of a Negroni, and since you're not a fan of sweet, try a Paper Airplane -- equal parts bourbon, Campari, Ramazzotti, and lemon. If you want it less tart for fall, you could cut back on the lemon a bit. It responds well to nice bourbon, but it's good with well-quality choices like Jim Beam.

    Absent that, a Manhattan is very fall-winter-like. Make it with a good quality rye (I recommend the new Bulleit rye if you can find it, or Wild Turkey rye). To bump up the bitter to keep it interesting, use Punt e Mes as the sweet vermouth, or a mix of Punt e Mes and regular sweet vermouth. I also like Carpano Antica in it, but you will have to use less or mix it with regular sweet vermouth, lest the drink taste of nothing but Carpano Antica. (StriperGuy -- start clicking "reply" now....) Use a dash of some spicy bitters, such as regular Angostura, Fee Whiskey Barrel Aged (probably not available at this time of year), Jerry Thomas, etc.

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    1. Another thought -- a whiskey-based Negroni:

      1 1/2 oz Bourbon
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz Sweet Vermouth

      Stir, strain, straight up, cherry.

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      4 Replies
      1. re: EvergreenDan

        Boulevardiers are awesome.
        OP, the Sazerac is an oldie but a goodie.

          1. re: zin1953

            These responses are great! Keep 'em coming!

            zin1953, which would be your choice, the Boulevardier or the Sazerac?

            1. re: Desidero

              Well, considering I go to New Orleans twice a year, and drink Sazeracs year 'round, save for in the hottest weather . . . need I say more?

      2. I like a Red Hook when it starts cooling off, a Saratoga, or any Manhattan variation for that matter. For gin drinks, maybe a Martinez or sweet Martini, or something like an Income Tax (AKA Bronx with bitters).

        Stone Fences would be fall appropriate, as would apple brandy drinks.

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        1. re: nickls

          Paul Clarke on Stone Fences:

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        2. what about a

          green chartuse
          sweet vermouth
          lemon zest peel and some of the oils on the surface
          might tone down the green chartuse a tad

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          1. re: Dapuma

            I tried this and found it too sweet. I added lemon, but that makes it a different drink. Some recommend 3:1:1, which might be more to my taste.

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