The Nordic Negroni is an exceptionally tasty northern take on the classic aperitivo. Aquavit replaces the gin here, lending a lovely herbal dimension to the drink...the nuanced kind of flavor that you get from a matured aquavit, to be precise. And thanks to that deep and savory complexity, this Nordic Negroni is just the sort of elixir that can really bolster one's spirits on a cold winter's evening. I enjoy serving this variation straight up instead of over the rocks...since when you spend a great deal of time in a far northern climate like I do, there's often quite enough ice in your life. That said, it is wonderful either way!
Ingredients for Nordic Negroni
- aquavit (Linie is my preference here)
- red bitter liqueur (i.e. Cappelletti or Campari)
- sweet vermouth (i.e. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino or Carpano Antica Formula)
- fresh orange peel (to garnish)
See recipe card for quantities.
Pour the aquavit in a mixing glass.
Then add the red bitter liqueur.
Next add the sweet vermouth.
Add plenty of ice and stir until thoroughly chilled.
Then strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with a fresh orange peel.
Hint: When it comes to the orange peel, try to avoid as much of the pith as possible (it is quite bitter). A ceramic Y peeler works really well for this purpose.
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These are a few of my favorite dishes to pair with a Nordic Negroni:
- mixing glass
- 1 ounce aquavit (Linie or another aged variety)
- 1 ounce red bitter liqueur (Cappelletti or Campari)
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth (Cocchi Vermouth di Torino or Carpano Antica Formula)
- 1 strip fresh orange peel to garnish
- Combine the aquavit, red bitter liqueur, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass.
- Add plenty of ice and stir until thoroughly chilled.
- Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh orange peel.