We are wrapping up Negroni Week with a special beverage that makes the classical cocktail lovers happy, as well as those who prefer a drink that is less alcohol forward. In this post we are also sharing some entertaining ideas to help you plan that special guy’s day cookout or get-together.
The White Negroni debuts an aperitif that is new to us called Lillet. (Lillet, pronounced “Lee- Lay”, rhymes with “hey” not “Gillette”. Rhonda mispronounced it and the kind man that works at Total Wine set her straight.) Lillet is a French aperitif wine that comes from Bordeaux, France. Oui, oui! We noticed it smelled similar to white cooking wine when we first opened the bottle. We substituted Campari in our White Negroni with Lillet to lessen the bitter taste that you can get with Campari. Since Lillet is clear colored, it gives the drink a white hue, rather than the traditional red hue of the Italian Negroni.
Note to self: this drink is best stirred not shaken. To make the White Negroni you need 3/4 ounce of Malfy Con Limone Gin, 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc, 1/2 ounce Carpano Blanco. You combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, stir and serve over ice. Use a lemon or orange twist for garnish. We chose to serve ours over a large cube of ice to give it a more sophisticated look.
Since the Lillet is easier on the palate than Campari, this drink is a smoother than a typical negroni. It can please all types of cocktail lovers that you may be entertaining. Even Rhonda said that she could sip on the White Negroni!
Because steaks, bacon, mac and cheese and savory cheeses pair nicely with negronis, the White Negroni or the Italian Negroni makes a great cocktail to serve your dad and guests for Father’s Day. We joined in the latest trend by pairing ours with an easy to put together meat and cheese board.
Will we see you sipping on an Italian Negroni or White Negroni at your next gathering? We would love to hear about it if you do! Follow us on Instagram @theblindpigblog for other great summer drinks and Father’s Day ideas. Have a great weekend.
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