3 cl of vodka
3 cl of sweet vermouth
3 cl of bitter
I have to be honest. I had never prepared the Negroski cocktail. My taste buds didn’t feel the need for it, and I honestly found it useless: either the American or the Negroni. Why bother with vodka, which is the quintessence of neutrality?
But after a couple of Negroski, I changed my mind! The Negroski cocktail is good, not great, but good enough. And this alcoholic journey to the cold East has been successful.
Although it is less fascinating than the noble gin-based ancestor due to its reduced aromatic content, it is still an intriguing drink. If taken as an aperitif manages to give the proper charge of euphoria without weighing it down. The flavor of the Negroski cocktail is rougher and less mottled, but it has a strong personality, especially if you use structured vodka.
The smooth flavor of vodka leaves room for the herbaceous flavor of bitter, making the drink perfect for pairings with smoked beef ribs, aubergines, moussaka, shish kebab, and glazed pork ribs with barbecue sauce.
Ingredients and doses for making the Negroski cocktail
How to make a Negroski cocktail
You can make this aperitif either in a mixing glass or directly in the glass. Put a few ice cubes into an old-fashioned glass, add vodka, bitter and sweet vermouth, then stir gently. Garnish with a slice of orange and a Maraschino cherry, and serve. The flavor of Negroski is less aromatic than Negroni, but it is more bitter, so if you want to play it down, add a splash of Seltz.
Suggested food pairings
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