Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni

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Cocktail History

The Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni is an autumn cocktail that was created by Emma Stokes and included in her recipe book Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm Up Winter. It’s a variation of the classic Negroni made with rhubarb-flavored gin and a delectable homemade gingerbread simple syrup that brings the perfect amount of spice to this bitter drink.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rhubarb Gin: This is the base spirit. We chose Pearse Lyons Distillery Ha’Penny Rhubarb Gin for its well-rounded rhubarb flavor with notes of geranium, dandelion, lavender, and blackberry.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth because it’s Alex’s favorite sweet vermouth, with dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa.

Campari: This is an Italian liqueur. It adds its distinct bitter yet savory flavor to the drink.

Gingerbread Syrup: This is a sweetener made with ginger, ground nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, whole black peppercorns, vanilla extract, honey, white sugar, brown sugar, gum Arabic powder, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Orange Peel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh orange aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni begins with aromas of citrus, baking spices, and the telltale notes of Campari. The flavor that follows is sweet at first before coming forward with distinct notes of rhubarb and gingerbread and then fading into pleasant Campari bitterness. And the aftertaste features strong gingerbread spices, which makes this feel kind of like drinking an adult cookie if you can get past the bitterness, of course.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Kendall still winced at the taste of the Campari, but she found this Negroni almost drinkable thanks to the gingerbread syrup. Alex, on the other hand, actually upped the Campari by a quarter ounce and loved every spicy second of this variation. 

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This recipe was inspired by the one in the book, but I wasn’t keen on its original proportions. Instead, I changed them slightly by raising the amount of Campari just enough to make the drink more bitter without overshadowing what I felt should be the defining flavors: the rhubarb and gingerbread. I also used a touch more of the homemade syrup, and the flavor came through heavily in the aftertaste and a bit in the aromas, which gives this almost standard Negroni spec a definite holiday feeling; meanwhile the rhubarb sweetens the concoction some more and deepens the end-of-year vibe this drink gives off.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“As far as Negronis go, this one was definitely easier for me to drink than the classic recipe. I really enjoyed the aroma and taste of the gingerbread syrup especially, but in the end, I just couldn’t get past Campari’s bitterness. Maybe after another year of tastings my palate will be in a place where these are easier going down.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm Up Winter by Emma Stokes.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm up Winter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm up Winter
Hardcover Book; Stokes, Emma (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 12/01/2020 (Publication Date) – Pop Press (Publisher)
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AuthorHave Yourself a Merry Little CocktailPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Rhubarb Gin
 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
 ¾ oz Campari
 1 Orange Peel

Method
1

Add rhubarb gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, gingerbread syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Rhubarb Gin
 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
 ¾ oz Campari
 1 Orange Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add rhubarb gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, gingerbread syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni

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More Negroni Cocktails

If you like this cocktail recipe, here are a few others similar to a Negroni we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

White Negroni Cocktail Recipe

White Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Lillet Blanc, Suze, and a lemon peel

Cocoa Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Cocoa Negroni: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, Campari, cocoa bitters, a chocolate orange wedge, and an orange twist

Old Pal Cocktail Recipe

Old Pal: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, Campari, and an orange twist

Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe

Boulevardier: A bourbon cocktail made with sweet vermouth, Campari, and an orange peel

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