My wife, when she is closing in on that time of the month, is very much like a Negroni. She is beautiful to look at but heaven help you if you are even the least bit out of line, she will turn bitter and completely unpalatable. As you might have seen from yesterdays post, Whit is not currently the most stable or happiest of campers. I blame the Mayans. Regardless, the reason I liken her mood to that of a cocktail is that the Negroni is a very temperamental cocktail.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with a Negroni, it is a combination of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Pretty simple right? It would seem so but I’m pretty sure Campari was created by a woman who was PMS’ing (totes not sure about that but lets roll with it). I mean to start its red. Symbolism, I think so. And it starts sweet but finishes very bitter. Not unlike a woman on her mensies. Even though Campari is very much an acquired taste and can be a little intense the gin and vermouth tend to balance it out. The balancing out for Whit typically comes in the form of red wine and PMS Cookies but who’s counting.
I must give credit to my friend Jon for introducing me to the Negroni. We had him over for drinks one night and I asked him what he wanted. He asks if I can make a Negroni to which I respond “Whats in it?” He tells me and I go take a look in the bar. Hidden in the back I come to find a bottle of Campari that was unopened and I have no idea how it got there. (Story of our lives.) After pouring the drink I took my first sip and was definitely taken aback by the intensity of the flavor but began to enjoy it more as I drank more. Anyway, Negroni’s can be quite nice if you get the correct balance of the ingredients. The recipe typically calls for equal parts gin, Campari, and vermouth. I, being a little afraid of Campari, decided to use just a touch less and add a bit of tangerine juice for additional flavor and sweetness. It was a good decision. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to make myself the biggest negroni possible and go make my wife some more PMS cookies…