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melbourne inspired saffron negroni cocktail by alex bostan

This is an inspired version of Orlando Marzo’s Saffron Negroni I would concoct and serve during my stint at Omnia, Melbourne. The rich bitter aromatics of orange peel, gentian and cinchona bark in both the Cocchi Americano and Rinomato Aperitivo masterfully stand up to the intensity of Melbourne’s own Four Pillars’ Spiced Negroni Gin with its Tasmanian pepperberry leaf, cinnamon, West African spice grains of paradise and Indonesian cubeb. The Negroni’s strength in flavour is softened by the saffron and adds complexity. The perfect balance of balance of spirit, sweet and bitter.

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Saffron Negroni Cocktail Recipe
Method  Stir

Glass  Short glass + clear ice

Garnish  Orange peel

Initial ABV  25 %

Dilution  24.6 %

Final mass  120 ml

Final ABV  18.75 %


30 ml Rinomato Aperitivo

30 ml Cocchi Americano

30 ml Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin infused with saffron

Note: clear ice is suggested as it dilutes your cocktail less although it was not used in this instance. The easiest way to get clear ice is simply to buy an ice mold designed for directional freezing.


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