How to Make a Negroni Cocktail

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to make a Negroni, a classic bitter Italian cocktail.

Released on 2/10/2009

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat music)
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Hi, this is Eben Freeman
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at Tailor Restaurant in New York City.
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Bitter flavors are becoming very popular
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with the American palate
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as it grows more and more mature with cocktails.
00:19
A classic bitter cocktail still served today is the Negroni.
00:23
Negroni is a drink that was reportedly invented in Florence
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by a count by the name of Negroni.
00:29
So we start off with a chilled mixing glass.
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We're just gonna add one ounce of the sweet vermouth.
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(pours into glass)
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(sets measuring cup down)
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(screws cap)
00:45
(sets bottle on counter)
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One ounce of Campari.
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(unscrews cap)
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(metal scraping)
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(pours into glass)
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(sets measuring cup down)
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(screws cap)
01:01
And one ounce of dry gin.
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(unscrews cap)
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(glass clinks)
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(pours into glass)
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(sets measuring cup down)
01:15
(ice scrapes)
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(ice clinking)
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We just add ice to the glass.
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(sets glass down)
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And stir.
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(spoon clinks)
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(spoon clinks against ice)
01:24
(stirs)
01:26
(spoons clinks)
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I'm gonna strain this into a glass with a Julep strainer.
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(glass clinks)
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(fridge shuts)
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A traditional garnish for this is an orange.
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(sets glass on surface)
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(wipes hands)
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One change that I'd like to make
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that demonstrates something that's very popular
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amongst some mixologists which is a flaming orange twist.
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And I'll show you the simple way that you can do this.
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First thing you start off with is an orange.
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You're gonna need a navel orange
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and something with somewhat of a thick skin
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in order to do this.
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Juice oranges, the skin's a little too thin
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to pull this off.
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And then you wanna take about a 50-cent piece
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circle of twist like this.
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Next thing that you'll need is a wooden match.
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I've seen bartenders do this with a lighter
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and I feel that the butane really comes out into the drink,
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that flavor.
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And it's very important when using the match, also
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(lights match)
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that you let the match burn a little bit to let that sulfur
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on the head of the match burn out a little bit.
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Then you just warm your twist on the skin side a little bit
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and then, holding it up above the drink,
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not pointing it down towards the drink,
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you simply squeeze your twist.
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And don't be scared, you're not gonna burn your fingers.
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You just squeeze it straight across
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and those toasted oils will drop right into the drink.
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And that is a classic bitter Italian cocktail
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invented by a count, but really for anyone else.
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It's a Negroni.
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(upbeat music)