Almost 100 years ago The Smoky Negroni cocktail came to life in Florence, Italy. The story goes that the first Negroni was made for a guy named Count Camillo Negroni. The bartender who made the cocktail was asked by the Count to strengthen his Americano cocktail by adding gin instead of soda water. It was this that brought the Negroni as we know it to life. Later on the bartender sent a letter to the Count advising him not to drink more than 20 of the cocktails per day due to their intoxicating nature. We'll keep this in mind.
We've teamed up with mixologist Rich Woods (@the_cocktailguy) who is Duck & Waffle’s Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development. In collaboration with Rich we'll be bringing you a series of hot and cold tea infused cocktails.
First up we have the Smoky Negroni, a punchy & potent twist on the classic cocktail using one of our black teas, Ceylon with Vanilla. Our Ceylon black tea is scented with vanilla oil and is our after dinner treat of choice - this tea pairs perfectly with the natural vanilla making it a delicious alternative to sugar.
Ingredients to make the Smoky Negroni:
- 35ml of Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey
- 25ml of Campari
- 30ml of Sweet Vermouth
- 2-3 Bar teaspoon sugar syrup (or you can sweeten to personal preference)
- 65ml of brewed Ceylon with vanilla black tea
How to make the Smoky Negroni:
- Grab 2 teaspoons of Ceylon with vanilla loose leaf tea (or 2 teabags) and steep in a tea pot using 65ml of freshly boiled water. Allow the tea to infuse for 5 minutes. Drain out and discard the tea to leave the brewed tea.
- In a separate stemmed wine glass, add the Monkey Shoulder, Campari, Sweet Vermouth & sugar syrup.
- Next up pour 65ml of the infused hot tea into the glass with the remainder of the ingredeints and serve immediately.
Have you made this cocktail?
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Inspired to make more cocktails?
Love easy to make cocktails? Love tea? Why not give one of the below a try:
- Earl Grey French 75's: this one if the perfect cocktail to team with a boozy brunch or afternoon tea. This recipe makes a punchy, sparkling, citrusy drink with our Earl Grey tea.
- Rooibos Mulled Martinez: a twist on the classic mulled wine, this hot cocktail is a warming winter cocktail made with Rooibos tea, the caffeine free South African wonder herb.
- Seasonal Gin Spritz: have you infused tea in gin before? Now is your time to shine! This refreshing cocktail is made with our Jasmine Silver Needle white tea.
Fancy giving the above Smoky Negroni a try? Shop our Ceylon with Vanilla tea bags.
Need more inspiration? Head back to our blog.