One of the quintessential classic cocktails - the simplicity of the Negroni from an ingredients perspective, coupled with the complex sophisticated alcohol hit it delivers is what makes it so appealing. It's also a cocktail that's open to tweaking (within reason). This Negroni Week, we decided to mix things up to deliver a Welsh Cask Negroni. Welsh Cask-Aged Gin, Welsh Vermouth and of course a dash of classic Campari. We think you'll love it!
Why a Welsh Cask Negroni?
There are those who argue that a classic Negroni is just that and shouldn't be changed up - but these days there are few people who really stand against experimenting and changing things up in the interests of a really good drink.
We love a Negroni here at the distillery, and with Negroni Week looming, we felt it was worth seeing what we could come up with.
Which gin goes in a Welsh Negroni?
We felt that it was in your best interests for us to experiment with a few of our gins to make sure we chose the best one for our Welsh Negroni. In the end though, Palo Cortado Cask Aged Gin was the stand out. The mellow sweetness from the cask shines through the Vermouth and Campari and makes for a delicious finish to every sip.
How to choose Vermouth for a Welsh Negroni
We were keen to keep our Negroni as Welsh as possible - and we didn't have to look far to find this Sweet Rosso Vermouth from Still Wild Drinks. Based down in Cresselly, Pembrokeshire, the team at Still Wild produce this cold distilled vermouth, using botanicals foraged by hand in the local area.
How much Campari should I put in my Welsh Cask Negroni?
Campari is the third - and some would say the original - ingredient in a Negroni, with its iconic colour and distinctive taste - but it can also overpower the flavours of the gin and vermouth, so don't be afraid to play with the traditional 'equal parts' recipe and achieve a balance that works for you. This is just what we've done to bring together our Welsh Cask Negroni. We hope you enjoy the results!
Welsh Cask Negroni
40ml Palo Cortado Cask Aged Gin
30ml Still Wild Sweet Rosso Vermouth
Add ice to a mixing glass, then pour in the gin, vermouth and campari.
Stir briskly to chill then strain the cocktail into a serving glass with ice.
Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy!