Alas, Negroni week came and went in Calgary and I drank nary a one. But my success with the Smoky Hot Pepper Negroni earlier this spring inspired me to try a similar recipe with tequila.
I used Roca Patron Reposado as a base; it’s a smooth tequila with sweet notes of roasted agave. To that I added a bar spoon of agave nectar for sweetness, then used Aperol, which isn’t quite as bitter as Campari, along with La Quintinye Vermouth Royal. The end result is a spirit-forward cocktail that’s beautifully balanced between bitter, sweet and strong. It’s also super easy to make! My taster/hubby loved it and declared he would like a few this Father’s Day.
This Tequila Negroni is spirit forward — perfect for Father’s Day.
- 1 oz Roca Patron Reposado
- 1 oz La Quintinye Vermouth Royale
- 3/4 oz Aperol
- 1 barspoon agave nectar
- Garnish: Orange twist
Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until the drink is well chilled, then strain into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
It’s Negroni Week once again, with local bars offering up their twists on this classic cocktail through June 7, and a portion of the proceeds from each cocktail sale donated to a local charity.
Switch out the gin and stir in tequila for a fun twist on a classic Negroni.
Participating Calgary restaurants include Anju (donating to Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation), Black Betty Burger & Winebar (Oneball), Milk Tiger Lounge (Canadian Mental Health Association), Ox and Angela (AARCs), Proof Cocktail Bar (Calgary Drop in Center), Raw Bar by Duncan Ly (Meal Share), The Living Room (The Nathan O’Brian Foundation) and Township 24 bar & Grill (Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation). What’s more, Campari will donate $10,000 to the charity chosen by the establishment that raises the most money.
The cool thing about a Negroni, beyond the ruby colour, is the fact you can switch out the gin and end up with a delicious twist. Make it with whisky and it’s a Boulevardier. Stir in tequila and it’s a Tequila Negroni, also called a Tegroni or Agavoni. Since I wrote up the original last year, I decided to try my luck with blanco tequila this year and see how I liked it.
(Bitter Campari face) Yum! (Pucker) I still think this drink is an acquired taste, no matter what spirit you use. But here are some tips: Squeeze in a bit of fresh, sweet orange juice to soften it, and pack your glass with ice so the bitterness will gradually lessen as you sip the drink. In fact, I think I like it with tequila more than gin, as the Campari needs something stronger to stand up to it. Cheers!
- 1 oz blanco tequila (I used Casamigos)
- 1 oz sweet vermouth such as Carpano Antica
- 1 oz Campari
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Squeeze fresh orange juice (optional)
- Garnish: Orange wheel
Method: Into a rocks glass packed with ice add all ingredients. Stir about 30 times to chill, and garnish with an orange wheel.