A dark & bitter Negroni variation
34 oz Gin, Magellan Blue
34 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Punt e Mes
12 oz Campari
14 oz Fernet Branca
1 twst Lemon peel
Stir & strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Twist, rim & drop in the peel. If you prefer to serve it up, flame the peel.
The Magellan is a softer gin, and is used here primarily for its color and name. If you prefer more gin flavor, increase it to 1 oz. An orange twist works fine here too, but the lemon seems to play a little better with the Fernet.
Named for the Italian/Portuguese side of my family. Even though the gin is technically French, Magellan himself was Portuguese, so it seemed like a natural fit for this drink. And the blue hue helps darken it just a touch more.
From other users
  • Nice version of the Negroni. Woodyness of the Fernet works really well — ☆☆☆☆
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1 Comment

Little "Negroni." A very apt

Little "Negroni." A very apt name for this wonderful drink. The "Negrino" is a somewhat small drink--weighing in at a mere 2 1/4 oz. It's meant to be sipped and enjoyed, slowly. The gin and Campari give this drink a taste similar to a Negroni, but the Punte e Mes and Fernet Branca give the drink a slighty different taste, especially with the lemon twist. For Negroni lovers, the Negrino will be an appreciated diversion. For those who have mixed thoughts about the Negroni, give it a try--the drink is less bitter, especially if you use 1 oz of a top shelf gin. For those who have never tried a Negroni, this drink is a good place to start.

To make this drink, I used Tanqueray Ten (I didn't have the Megellan), and I used a full ounce. Also, I used a shy 1/4 oz of Fernet Branca. And the lemon zest/twist was the icing on the cake. I quickly and easily rated the Negrino at 4.0--almost 4.5. How would yout rate this drink?<br />