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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Midnight Sun (Aquavit)

1 1⁄2 oz Aquavit
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1⁄4 oz Grenadine
1⁄2 t Sugar
1 sli Orange (as garnish)
Instructions

Shake, strain, up, garnish.

History

I can't found a single definitive or earliest source for this drink, widely claimed to originate in the 1800s, but here's a recipe from a source I mostly trust. Many recipes call for less or more sugar and juices; follow your bliss.

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Average rating
4.5 stars
(13 ratings)

From the Knowledge Vault

The Flight of the Negroni

The Negroni is indomitable. Attack it with skewed ratios, and it rallies. Violate the ingredients, and it stubbornly persists. I can’t think of another drink that you can screw up so thoroughly and still enjoy the result.

This history of the Negroni is disputed, but probably dates to 1919, where the Americano was stiffened by substituting gin for the soda water. Regardless of exactly who created the drink and when, the Negroni is the King of bitter cocktails. If you spy a bottle of Campari on the backbar, the bartender probably knows how to make a Negroni.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Wakeup Juice, 23 hours 51 minutes ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Ran out of Pimms on the second iteration - subbed in Aperol. Worked like a champ!

  • Re Debonair, 1 day 17 hours ago Mixed up in Na… commented:

    Also works with Irish instead of Scotch: we call that a De Chineal Maith (Irish for “of a good nature”)
    Also works with Tennessee Sour Mash instead of Scotch: we call that variation a Good Lookin’

  • Re Remember the Danes, 3 days 17 hours ago lesliec commented:

    This doesn't seem quite there yet. I assumed whiskey with a 'e' didn't mean Scotch so used Evan Williams bourbon. To me it's a little flat and metallic - some expressed orange zest helped. Maybe reduce the absinthe and go for a non-Punt vermouth?

  • Re The Hallelujah, 5 days 1 hour ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    It's okay but basically just tastes like the ingredients rather than a carefully balanced cocktail.

  • Re The Bloodborne of Beverages, 5 days 21 hours ago M.grandiflora commented:

    Love everything about this drink. Perfectly balanced.