Campari and Sweet Vermouth add a Negroni-ish flare to this Italian Gin and Tonic.
An Italian Gin and Tonic
Do you have a liquor of choice? Your go-to? Mine is gin. I remember in college, when after tiring of ordering beers at the bar, I decided to order a cocktail. Now, this was before the internet and there only 3 channels on the tv. So, all the drinking knowledge I had came from books that I read that just might toss in a cocktail reference, or listening to what someone else ordered at the bar. The only problem was the bars that I went to were primarily for dancing or listening to music, and almost everyone was drinking beer. I had one friend of a friend, a much more worldly girl than I, who ordered Crown Royal neat. I was so impressed, until I took a sip. I asked her if she liked it and she admitted that she didn’t, but that fact meant that she sipped it. Sipping it meant that it lasted longer and her money went farther. I don’t know why it mattered since she probably didn’t have to buy any herself after that first drink.
This is all leading to my point, and I do have one, is that my first drink I ordered was a gin and tonic. I seem to remember them being ordered a lot in the old black and white movies that I loved to watch. They were nice and clear, far from the brownish Crown Royal drink that I tasted. It was love at first sip. That resiny, herbal flavor was perfect. The bubbles in the tonic made it feel like a celebration. I loved everything about it, but the price. Being used to drinking cheap beer, meant that cocktail prices seemed outrageous.
But now I am older, wiser and with more discretionary spending, and have consumed countless gin and tonics. Even though I consider the Gin and Tonic the perfect drink, I am always open to variations. This Italian Gin and Tonic from Alex Smith in Imbibe Magazine is another variation to add to the favorites. The Vermouth and Campari normally best friends in a Negroni, weave their magic in this gin and tonic. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it tastes great!
- 2 oz London dry gin
- 1/2 oz Campari
- 1/2 oz sweet Vermouth
- chilled tonic water
- Orange twist and rosemary sprig for garnish
- Combine the gin, Campari and vermouth in a high ball glass filled with ice. Top with chilled tonic water. Stir. Add orange twist and rosemary sprig for garnish.
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