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.

5 Green Chartreuse Cocktails for the True Enthusiast

Blushing Monk cocktail garnished with mint sprig
Green Chartreuse is the kryptonite of many cocktail enthusiasts – it’s certainly mine. If you’re not familiar with Chartreuse, here is the crash course. It’s a French herbal liqueur that’s made by Carthusian monks based on a recipe they purportedly received in 1605. The two types that you’ll see most often are yellow (40% ABV) and green (55% ABV), but there are other iterations that include aged and higher ABV bottlings. Yellow is the more mild version, while green is the bolder. 

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La Terra Rojo – A Coffee Cocktail for Everyone

Negroni Riff with Tequila and Coffee
The flavors found in coffee blend well with spirits, but too often coffee cocktails come out tasting diluted. Finding the proper balance between the base spirit and the coffee can be a game of cat and mouse. Fortunately, there is a simple solution. 

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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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3 Exceptional Halloween Cocktails That Aren’t Cheesy

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For the cocktail enthusiast, Halloween can be a tricky holiday. There is no shortage of cocktails and punches with over the top garnishes and sugary, colorful concoctions that people are hell-bent on shooting. Luckily, there are several options that don’t require the enthusiast to sell their soul. Here are three that I’ve specifically selected for Halloween.
 

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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!