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How To Make A Cold Brew Negroni

A Cold Brew Negroni is exactly what it sounds like. Unless you think it sounds like it has gin. This caffeinated cocktail uses rum instead.

Forty years from now, cars will be sassy like in Knight Rider, everyone will be using flip phones again, and - once people realize its potential - the Cold Brew Negroni will be the most popular brunch cocktail. Much like every other Negroni, a Cold Brew Negroni is a relatively simple drink that you can easily stir together while spacing out in your kitchen, but unlike a classic Negroni, this cocktail doesn’t have gin. Instead, there’s cold brew and rum - a combination that works just as well after dinner as it does at 11am on a Saturday.

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Cold Brew Negroni

You’ll Need:

  • Ice

  • Rocks glass

  • 1.5 ounces cold brew

  • 1 ounce aged rum

  • .5 ounce Campari

  • .5 ounce Sweet Vermouth

  • Orange twist

Step One: Cold Brew

First off, you need some cold brew. We prefer the store-bought stuff for this drink because it tends to be stronger, but if you make your own cold brew, that’s great too. (If your at-home cold brew is a concentrate, you may want to dilute it a bit with water, depending on how much you’d like your cocktail to taste like coffee.) Pour 1.5 ounces into a mixing glass.

Step Two: Campari

Cold brew is already slightly bitter, but we also need Campari for some extra bite. Add .5 ounce to your mixing glass.

Step Three: Vermouth

Our top vermouth choice for a Cold Brew Negroni is Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, which has a bit more body than your standard sweet vermouth, although Punt e Mes and Carpano Antica Formula also work well. Whatever you have, put .5 ounce in your mixing glass.

Step Four: Rum

Next, you’re going to add some rum. Yes, rum. You see a lot of people drinking gin, bourbon, and mezcal Negronis, and it’s about time rum got involved as well. It also helps that rum and coffee is a timeless and classy combination. You should, however, be sure to use an aged rum. Look for anything non-spiced with at least a bit of amber color - darker rums tend to work best. Put 1 ounce in your mixing glass.

Step Five: Stir

Finally, add roughly 5 standard-sized cubes to your mixing glass, and stir your Cold Brew Negroni for about 20 seconds. Once it’s a tiny bit diluted and as cold as one of the Great Lakes in December, pour your cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice. Or, if you have it, use one large ice cube. Just don’t forget to add an orange twist. A Negroni isn’t a Negroni without some sort of twist.

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