We Fully Support this Negroni with a Dose of Caffeine at Durham's Corpse Reviver
We typically don’t mess with the perfect 1:1:1 ratio of gin, vermouth, and Campari that comprises a classic Negroni, but we’re willing to compromise if a little caffeine is involved. At Corpse Reviver Bar in Durham, N.C., Bar Manager Aaron Swindell adds coffee liqueur—made onsite with local cold brew—to the drink's holy trifecta for his coffee-kissed Negroni. “We chose to balance out the sweetness from the coffee liqueur by dialing back the sweet vermouth,” says Swindell, who also uses a high-proof, juniper-forward gin he feels stands up better to the sweet vermouth and Campari. The cocktail is served on draft, with the nitrogen infusion lending more of a silky mouthfeel than the cocktail's usual sharp, bitter bite. “Negronis are typically a polarizing cocktail, but with the addition of the coffee liqueur and a nitrogen infusion, we found many people are more willing to give one a try,” he says.
Liz Grossman is the managing editor of Plate.