There's a reason Negroni variations abound online and in books. The template, solid and simple, is also amazingly flexible and accommodating. Which makes it tough to leave alone.

This one takes your standard Negroni (equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari), subs Cynar for the vermouth and adds some soda. That's pretty much it.


I find this drink to be a welcome diversion from the numerous house and yard projects that constantly threaten to derail an otherwise pleasant day in the sun. Procrastinating involves putting something off. It doesn't bother with promises but it does at least suggest the potential for accomplishment. The thing that needs to be done...will be done soon, very soon. If you're harboring notions of some grand endeavor involving large rocks and a small retaining wall or the thorough and heartless removal of basement-clogging accumulations what you really need to do, before you even start, is figure out some sort of strategy*. This part of the process is significant enough to warrant special attention. As such, I find it's best approached from a position of comfort. Why not then have a seat. Get your rest in before the hard work. Store, nay fortify!, the required energy.

Besides, at this point there's still plenty of time...


Negroni Riff
1 oz Gin
1 oz Cynar
1 oz Campari
Garnish - Orange Wedge

Build over ice in a rocks glass

- I have no doubt that this would also be good with sparkling wine. If I'd had some on hand that's exactly how I would have made it.


* You could skip this step and slog through the task itself, convinced that it will get done simply because you are doing it and will continue to do it until it is finished. You'll persevere, with or without a plan. Ambrose Bierce had this to say about perseverance though -  it's "[a] lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success." Of course, that's to be expected from one whose brand of cynicism tended toward the caustic.