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Love at First Sip

a twist on the classic Negroni, recipe by Row 14's Travis Plakke

Whether you want them to fall in love with you or a cocktail, you’ve got to serve up something a little different, a little intense, a little mysterious, and more than a little delicious. Case in point is this week’s open house here at The Hooch Life. We broke out a couple of our favorite cocktails, a classic Daiquiri and a not-so-classic Tequila Negroni.

A what? (That was the response of most of our guests, accompanied typically by a very suspicious facial expression.)

It’s okay. We get it. First of all, unless you’ve been geeking out on cocktails, or you’ve been sipping aperitifs in Campo di’ Fiori near Rome’s Piazza Navona, you may have never had a classic Negroni, let alone this south-of-the-border twist on the Negroni. Second, everybody’s a little skeptical about drinking something they’ve never heard of before.

The winner between the classic Daiquiri and the Tequila Negroni? Are you kidding? The Tequila Negroni had them at hello. So try this one at your next gathering, or on your next date.

Tequila Negroni

1 ounce Reposado Tequila (click for a few tequila ideas) — an aged Tequila for depth and richness
1 ounce Antica Formula sweet vermouth — for its intensity and complexity
1 ounce Aperol — a change-up from Campari, a little less bitter, but still cleansing

Combine and stir with ice for 20 seconds, and pour over rocks (or one of those really cool ice balls, if you’ve got a mold). Garnish with a lemon peel.

A big thank you to our old friend, Travis Plakke, at Row 14 here in Denver for this beautiful recipe. And SPOILER ALERT: at the end of August, our weekly issue is about barrel-aged cocktails and how to make your own — featuring, yes, a BARREL-AGED Tequila Negroni!


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