Episode 181 – Negroni with David T. Smith & Keli Rivers

This episode’s featured cocktail is the White Negroni. This recipe actually kicks off an entire section of non-red Negronis in David and Keli’s book, and it’s a favorite cocktail of our, especially on a hot summer day. To make it, you’ll need:

  • 1 oz / 30ml Gin (David & Keli recommend Hayman’s Gently Rested Gin)

  • 1 oz / 30ml Suze (which is a bitter-sweet gentian liqueur)

  • 1 oz / 30ml Lillet blanc (which is a slightly sweet aromatized wine featuring citrus and quinine notes)

Combine your ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir until all ingredients are properly mixed and well chilled, then strain into a rocks glass over a single, large rock, garnish with an orange twist, and enjoy. 

The first thing you’ll notice about the White Negroni is its stunning yellow color, which is as arresting to the eye as the bright red of a classic Negroni. The bitterness profile is similar, but a little different as well, with the gentian from the Suze and the quinine from the Lillet doing an interesting little dance on the palate. We find that the most fun time to break out a batch of white Negronis is when you’re visiting with friends who might be somewhat familiar with classic cocktails, but who have never tried Suze before – it’s always fun to watch them experience this flavor in action for the first time.


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