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Little Italy

Created by Audrey Saunders at the famous Pegu Club in New York and named for one of the city’s neighborhoods, this is another Negroni variant with New York style. Opting for spirit-driven proportions, this one is similar to others we have featured that rotate one ingredient for another, proving once again that as good as the original Negroni may be, the framework can be used to create winning variations all day long.

This time, we return to rye whiskey like the Old Pal, but instead of also changing to French vermouth, we stick with sweet Italian. The Campari, however, is replaced with Cynar which we absolutely adore.

For the garnish, we recommend making a batch of our simple brandied cocktail cherries. They are perfect for this drink, adding a hint of sweetness. We keep repeating the same thing, but maybe we mean it now when we say THIS is our favorite Negroni variant.

Little Italy
2 oz rye whiskey
.75 oz sweet vermouth
.5 oz Cynar

Stir with ice to chill, then strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with skewered cherries.

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