Simple Cacao Nib-Infused Campari, a Bottled Negroni, and 3 Negroni Riffs

Negroni Week – one of my favorite weeks of the year. Not only do I get to partake in the forever-classic negroni, but to participate in supporting charity. However, this year is a bit different from prior years. Participating venues select a charity from the vetted list provided by Imbibe and Campari then make an initial donation to the charity.

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Earl Grey-Infused Dolin Blanc

This is an excellent infusion that’s featured in the Death & Co cocktail book. The bergamot orange notes in the tea make this excellent vermouth even more fun to incorporate into various cocktails.

Earl Grey-Infused Dolin Blanc
 
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Serves: 750mL
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup loose leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 750 milliliter Dolin Blanc Vermouth
Instructions
  1. Steep tea in Dolin Blanc at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  2. Strain and bottle.
Notes
Recipe from the excellent book, Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails.

How to Make Clear Ice At Home – The Best Cocktail Ice Molds for Crystal Clear Results

ice cubes with mint and flowers frozen inside

How to Make Clear Ice

I’ve read dozens of articles explaining how to make clear ice. Some articles will claim that you have to use distilled water to get clear ice, while others claim that it can be tap water as long as you boil it twice. In addition to the various water types there are numerous ice molds available, most with corresponding marketing materials showing perfectly crystal clear ice. Since the dawn of the cocktail renaissance, enthusiasts have lusted after the beautifully cut, clear cubes adorning their old fashioneds and sazeracs at craft cocktail bars. Whether you’re new to cocktails or a longtime enthusiast, by the time you finish reading this post you’ll have a better grasp of the how clear ice is made, options for making clear ice at home, as well as one of the best visual illustrations of the process I’ve ever seen. The same process used to create clear ice can even be adapted to freeze flowers, mint, and other garnishes inside.

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Sage-Infused Dolin Blanc

Sage-Infused Dolin Blanc
 
This recipe is from the exceptional Death & Co. cocktail book.
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Recipe Type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • ½ ounce dried* whole sage leaves
  • 750mL bottle of Dolin Blanc Vermouth
Instructions
  1. Combine vermouth and sage leaves in a container and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Strain and re-bottle.
Notes
*Fresh sage leaves will work, just taste the infusion periodically to ensure it doesn't become bitter or vegetal.

If you're wondering what to make with this infusion, the Sage's Serum is a great option for starters!
 

3 SUZE Cocktails to Expand Any Palate

Earl Grey White Negroni

As we age, our palates change, and whether that’s due to physiology or simply preference is akin to the nature versus nurture debate. Reality is likely a combination of both. Sometimes we call certain tastes “acquired” and research suggests that there is indeed a baseline amount of exposure to a new flavor that must occur before it becomes preferred. Developing a palate for the bitter notes of hops in beer or the bitter acidity in black coffee are two prime examples. Around the age of 40, Read more

3 Cocktails for Negroni Week 2016

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This year marks the 4th annual Negroni Week presented by Imbibe and Campari. What I particularly appreciate about this event is that it encourages local establishments to participate and donate to a local charity of their choice. The way it works is an establishment registers for the event stating Read more