Spiced Negroni

by James Stevenson

If an evening that begins with red wine and a cheese platter, advances to a bottle of champagne in a jacuzzi and finishes off with a pre batched Spiced Negroni by a fireplace then read on…

I had the most amazing boozy getaway the other week and wanted to share the experience with y’all. I’m currently visiting family in NC for the holidays and wanted to get away from all the craziness with my boyfriend so we booked a romantic cabin escape. Of course we started with wine and a cheese plate but we also packed a pre-batched traveller cocktail with us to make the best of our time as the evening progressed.

When packing for our winter holiday cabin getaway we made sure to pre-batch a cocktail that we would be able to enjoy with minimal effort once we were relaxing. To go with the rustic cabin feel we didn’t want to take our fragile glassware with us, so we picked up some SOLO Cups on our way.

The cocktail also had to be simple and juice free so we didn’t have to shake it or do anything special so we picked a cocktail that was super easy to bottle and added in a seasonal syrup. The Negroni was the obvious choice and as it was really cold in the mountains where the cabin was I wanted to mix a syrup that would optimize the winter season. This led me to create one of my favorite winter syrups, the spiced simple syrup which lends its profile from a mulled wine recipe.

Once we reached the cabin we placed the decanter of Spiced Negroni in the fridge so it was chilled and ready to drink when we were ready for it. It turned out to be a perfect evening starting off with red wine and cheese followed by some Champagne in the jacuzzi and finally capped off by delicious pre-batched Spiced Negroni by the fireplace.

Recipe: (makes 6)

  • ¾ cup gin
  • ¾ cup Campari
  • ¾ cup sweet vermouth
  • ½ cup spiced simple syrup

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a decanter
  2. Stir/swirl to combine ingredients

Spiced Simple Syrup:

Recipe:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 anise stars
  • 1 tbs whole cloves

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan
  2. Bring contents to a boil
  3. Remove from heat and simmer while stirring
  4. Allow to cool before using

This blog post was sponsored by SOLO Cup

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