Negroni Week: Coffee Negroni
As Negroni Week comes, sadly, to an end, I’m rounding things out with something a little less potent that the week’s previous cocktails. Today, I’m mixing up a cocktail straight from the (digital) pages of Imbibe Magazine—the Coffee Negroni.
As you can likely guess, the Coffee Negroni (or Caffègroni, as I like to call it) uses coffee in place of gin. And because the traditional Negroni is served chilled, cold-brew coffee works best. The good folks at Imbibe tell you to go buy some cold brew, but the stuff is easy to make yourself—so that’s what I did.
To make your own cold-brew coffee, grind eight ounces (about 227 grams) of coffee with a very coarse grind (shoot for the consistency of raw sugar), then drop that in a glass jar. I used a 12 ounce Mason jar. Fill the jar with eight ounces (about 237 ml) of cold, filtered water. Put a lit on the jar, give it a good shake, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The next day strain the liquid into a similar jar or carafe or whatever works for you. Use immediately or stash it back in the refrigerator.
Coffee Negroni Ingredients
- 1 1/2oz. Cold-Brew Coffee
- 1 oz. Carpano Antica
- 1 oz. Campari
How to Mix an Coffee
Much like a classic Negroni, the Coffee Negroni is a stirred drink. Simply combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir for 20 to 30 seconds, then strain into an Old Fashioned glass over ice. To finish it off, add a twist of orange as a garnish.
To any reader of these pages, my love of coffee is no secret. So it should be no surprise that, despite the fact I’m not really a cold-brew sort of guy, I liked the Coffee Negroni enough that it now takes a distant second to my all-time favorite Italian coffee drink, the Bicerin.
And with the Coffee Negroni successfully quaffed, Negroni Week 2018 comes to a bittersweet end. During the week, I had a hard time selecting exactly which recipes to use, and I left a few on the back of the bar. So maybe I’ll revisit Negroni Week next June with a new batch of Negroni-inspired concoctions.
In the meantime, please know you don’t need to wait until Negroni Week to enjoy this classic Italian cocktail or any of its many variants.
Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails
An attractive tome written by the founders of New York’s iconic Death & Co cocktail bar. It has a little bit of history, a little bit of lore, a little bit of how-to, and a whole lot of recipes. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their mixology skills.