Black Negroni

1 12 oz Gin
1 12 oz Averna
1 12 oz Campari
2 ds Bitters, Angostura
2 ds Orange bitters, Regans' orange bitters
Stir, strain into a coupe or over one large rock.
KC user BritInNoCal posted a similar variation, substituting Averna for the Negroni's sweet vermouth, on the KC Negroni page a day before Liu posted this blog update. Liu named his version for the Black Manhattan. Black Boulevardiers, Contessas, etc will probably work as well. A Black Nolita is probably excellent.
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nex3's picture

This is fine, but the Averna

This is fine, but the Averna doesn't add nearly as much to the drink as the vermouth usually does. Its subtler notes get hidden behind the Campari so that mostly it just reinforces the bitterness.

I've got nice result with

I've got nice result with equal parts of 120 proof gin, Campari and Averna (with Bitter Truth Orange and Aromatic bitters). It seems not as sweet as with standard proof gin and Angostura/Regan's. Maybe it helps...

I really like these black

I really like these black variations of cocktails. The Black Manhattan is a personal favorite. The one change I would make to this recipe is that I'd halve the amount of Averna used, as it's such a potent liquor. The Hanky Panky for example only uses a barspoon of Averna, and it's not overpowered there. I'd say about 2 cl (About 1/2 oz for you Americans) is perfect for this cocktail.