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.
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
- ¼ cup loose leaf Earl Grey tea
- 750 milliliter Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- Steep tea in Dolin Blanc at room temperature for 45 minutes.
- Strain and bottle.
Sage-Infused Dolin Blanc
- Combine vermouth and sage leaves in a container and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Strain and re-bottle.
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