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Chiltern Firehouse Negroni

Although first created for Count Camillo Negroni in 1919, the classic negroni has reigned as one of the world's best and most frequently ordered cocktails for nearly a decade. A sophisticated yet simple concoction of equal parts gin, vermouth, and campari makes a bittersweet aperitif that follows a restaurant trend of introducing bitter foods such as dark chocolate, kale, and charred Brussels sprouts to the American dinner. If you like a bitter IPA, this is the grown up drink for you. How bitter the drink is has much to do with the smoothness of the gin. For the novice and anyone scared of ordering a gin-based cocktail, Plymouth gin is a bit sweeter and smoother than most (think earthy and less junipery). It offers a brilliant jumping off point to trying this ruby colored Italian gin-based sweetheart of a cocktail.

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There are definitely times when drinking alone makes sense. When life gives you lemons, well...squeeze the citrus in the fridge, pour tequila, add a bit of sweetness, and a hint of Aperol--because Italians inherently know that the combination of bitter orange and cinchona may just be the perfect summer weather mood enhancer. Turn on the country music, sit back, and sip. In no time at all, you will be asking friends to join you--this aromatic, vibrantly colored cocktail has a way of encouraging a gathering. Do not be surprised if guests turn up in cowboy boots ready for a night of dancing.

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