Another Negroni that stretches the imagination, made with Lilllet, a French Gin and Cynar, with a touch of Gran Mariner.
Most people think of Lillet as a unique sort of drink, an aperitif if it falls into any category, but actually it is aromatized wine, vermouth. It makes a delicious Negroni with softer sweeter flavors. Campari shares the same regard, most people think there is Campari, then those other things, "what do you call them Amaro?" Yet Cynar, Averna, Montenegro, Ramazzotti and Campari are the same type of liquor called Amaro. I'll grant you Campari is more often consumed as an aperitif, were most Amaro are considered digestives.
For this drink I stirred together
1 1/2 oz G'Vine Gin
1 oz Lillet Rouge
3/4 oz Cynar
and a splash of Grand Marnier
A nice drink, on the sweet side for sure. Not one I'm likely to repeat.
I got the G'vine as a sample, it is hot and course, but that may have been partly a result of the tiny bottle. Not a favorite gin, but I should give it another try. It is an artisinal batch gin made with neutral grape spirit and in France’s Cognac region. Read More
I've always had a romantic love for Lillet, it is the perfect date drink. Delicious all by itself, with a slice of orange and maybe a splash or more of sparkling water. Cheers to la belle vie!