I had a really difficult time naming this drink, because it was an accident – a strange, tasty accident.

I frequently buy random ingredients I think might be intriguing in a cocktail, throw them together with things that make a wee bit of sense, and hope for the best. IMG_4256_ready

What I did not anticipate when adding tart cherry juice to gin and a couple various types of orange things was creating a drink much like a negroni but not quite so bitter (also not quite so complex in flavor – but still delicious).

I bought tart cherry juice because 1. I like cherries and 2. I like tart things. It turns out tart cherry juice is slightly strange in that it’s almost…spicy. It has a cinnamon quality I was not expecting. But when I tasted it, I thought, “Aha! Bourbon!”

It turns out reducing tart cherry juice and adding it to bourbon just creates some cherry-flavored bourbon, which isn’t bad, but isn’t super-interesting. So next I tried adding it unreduced to gin – because everything I try with gin usually seems to work.

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And so it did! In fact, I created something that reminded me of the negroni – bitter, but fruitier. The orange from the juice and liqueur really shone through and brightened it up, and bitters and tart cherry juice gave it that “negroni” feel.

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It’s also quite pretty.

Cheers xo

The Faux Negroni
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Serves: 1 cocktail
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. tart cherry juice (unsweetened)
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur
  • ¼ oz. orange juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (I like Fee Bros.)
  • orange twist
Instructions
  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. Put the juices, liqueur, gin, and bitters into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Shake.
  3. Strain into the glass, garnish with a twist.