Mezcal Negroni is a variation of the classic Negroni cocktail that replaces the traditional gin with mezcal. Mezcal, a Mexican spirit made from the agave plant, has a smoky and complex flavor that adds an exciting twist to this iconic cocktail.
When making Mezcal Negroni, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the best tasting experience. Firstly, it is important to choose a good quality mezcal, as it is the main ingredient in this cocktail and can significantly affect the taste.
When mixing the ingredients, be sure to whisk them together instead of shaking them. This is because mezcal is a complex and delicate spirit, and by stirring the ingredients you can better handle dilution (in cocktails).
Choose a good mezcal
Mezcal is the key ingredient in this cocktail, so be sure to choose a quality mezcal with a smoky and complex flavor. Try to find a mezcal that suits your preference and budget.
Adjust the bitterness
The traditional Negroni is known for its bitter taste, but with the addition of mezcal, it can be a good idea to adjust the bitterness. You can reduce the amount of Campari or Aperol a little to balance the taste and make room for the characteristic smoky taste of mezcal.
Stir or shake:
Traditionally, a Negroni is stirred, but with the addition of mezcal, it might be a good idea to shake the cocktail with ice. Shaking helps to mix and balance the flavors and creates a nice cold and refreshing experience.
Garnish with citrus:
Add a slice of orange peel as a garnish to your Mezcal Negroni. The natural sweetness and citrus aroma of the orange pairs well with the flavor of the mezcal and adds to the visual appeal of the cocktail.
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