Everyone loves the boundless yet tasteful Italian creativity, like this unique Gin distilled with lemons and a blood orange Amaro which I used to make this Negroni with a favorite sweet white vermouth.
Malfy is the first Italian gin I have ever encountered. I was very excited to try it and create an all Italian Negroni! . It is very smooth, well balanced and the lemon aroma and flavor is delightful.
I had always thought that Gin originated in Holland in the 17th century, but the Vergnano family who distills this Gin in Moncalieri, Italy, professes that Gin was actually invented in Italy in the 11th century by monks on the Salerno coast. They added Ginepro (Juniper) and other botanicals to the alcohol - and gin was born. I tend to believe them.
On the Malfy web site they offer this cocktail recipe.
An indispensable cocktail hailing from Italy. With Malfy Gin it can be made with all Italian ingredients!
1 ½ ounces - MALFY Gin
¾ ounce Campari
¾ ounce dry Italian vermouth
Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.
I am not a huge fan of Campari, especially since they started accomplishing its distinctive red color with food coloring instead of Carmine—a potent dye derived from crushed cochineal beetles. So I used Amara the wonderful amaro made with blood oranges in Sicily. I could see using any good amaro with this gin. I also used a sweet instead of a dry vermouth although I intend to try it wit a dry next time.