Hey friends! I’m so delighted to share this mid-week sippable Summer celebration with you all! Two of my best food blogger buds, Sherrie and Renee, have organized the most awesome virtual boozy bash of the season! Over 35(!) bloggers are sharing refreshingly original sips, swigs and slurps! This basically means that from now until Fall you can raise your glass every night and toast to Summer with a delicious drink in your hand. I’ll be cheersing you from my front porch with this negroni! I must say though that fancy cocktails like this were never really my thing. I prefer wine and it was beer before that, and ok… maybe a couple redheaded sluts in college. But the classic negroni is in a category all by itself. It’s a simple but exquisite drink formula that perfectly blends the bitter, sweet and botanical in a 1:1:1 ratio of campari, sweet vermouth and gin. I tweaked the original version a bit by subbing prosecco for the gin for a lighter, more bubbly experience and added muddled strawberries and basil syrup because we’re celebrating summer here! Make sure to follow along on social media with #drinkthesummer for tons of refreshing drink recipes and inspiration! Cheers!
Ingredients for the Negroni (serves 2)
3 ounces (2 shot glasses) of sweet vermouth
3 ounces (2 shot glasses) of campari
4 strawberries, muddled
1/2 teaspoon pink pepper corn, crushed
2 tablespoons basil syrup (recipe below)
top off drinks with chilled prosecco
Crush the peppercorns and place them into a tall glass. Add the strawberries and muddle them. Next add all the ingredients except the prosecco and muddle, stir, mix it all up. Pour the mixture into two glasses using a fine mesh strainer. Add an ice cube. Top with prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.
Ingredients for the Basil Syrup
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of sugar
5 sprigs of basil
Bring the ingredients above to a boil, let simmer for 5 minutes, then cool completely.
Recipe inspired by these strawberry, basil and pink peppercorn muffins I made a while back.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the negroni, plus discover 60 recipe variations, check-out the book: The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes & Lore I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
P.S. Shout out to Mark for carving me a muddler from a stick he found in the backyard. I love him.
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