The lesson to take from this drink is that you can basically mix gin with a small amount of any sweet or semi-sweet liqueur, and your odds of having a quality drink at the end of it are pretty good.
This variation is a salty dog married with a martini to add some complexity to an otherwise one-note drink.
The key is the orange peel: you need a hefty chunk of it, it needs to be as pith-free as possible, and you need to muddle the heck out of it to really get those essential oils out and into the drink.
The real key is the pastis/absinthe rinse, which brings depth and nuance to the cocktail.
Make sure not to leave out the bitters; they really make a huge difference in the final drink.
The Negroni is a near-perfect combination of spiritous, sweet, and bitter.
This is a good “step up” drink if you’ve mostly stuck with things that are very sweet in the past, or if you’re interested in getting away from basics like the Screwdriver (vodka and orange ... [more]
A perfect mix of sweet and bitter flavors.
A highly drinkable scotch cocktail no matter what your tastes.