December 15th, 2007


Campari time

Obviously - it's late.  I'm not, as you might have surmised, drunk however.  A long night last night helped encourage me towards that.

But I was back on the feet.  It wasn't the greatest day in the world, especially since someone messed with my Harley.  I added an extra fork lock to the bike, hit the gym, promised Barbara dinner soon in exchange for begging off from tonight's dinner, and headed up to the grocery store to buy cat food.

Of course, right next to the grocery store is the ABC store.  I'm all a-quiver in anticipation for Rustico and PX Saturday night, so I walked in there first.

I spent a good bit of time looking around.  I almost bought some pisco, but they only had one brand, and I wanted to check the reviews on it first.  I know the store near my office has more brands.

Eventually I succumbed and bought a bottle of 10 year old Macallen (i.e. the cheaper stuff - I was debating between that and Glenfiddich Solera Reserve, and I may still go back and get that), a mini of Hennessey (I wanted to try it), and a bottle of Campari.

I'm not a huge Campari fan but I felt it was time to add it to my bar to help with some drinks.  I also felt that if I drank more of it, I might come to like it more.  I sent an IM over to tmfiii that I picked it up.

"nice" he responded "negronis for everyone"

I didn't know what I'd thought of making first but, hey, a negroni sounds like a logical starting point.

I'd had a couple of drinks already tonight.  My brother, Cathy, and I finally drank the bottle of Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino 2000 which was even better than I'd remembered - it was the last vestige of the "Katie" stuff, in a sort of way, and I'd been wanting to enjoy it.  (I'd also bought a bottle of Horton Cabernet Franc for the very nice young woman who lives in our old condo and forwards on the mis-directed packages we get, oh, constantly.)  After that, I had a small - about 1 ounce, maybe 1.5 - taste of the Jefferson bourbon I'd bought (mmmm, good) and a larger taste of the Macallen (bit of a let down after the bourbon).

With Matt and Cathy off to bed I decided for a Negroni for the road.

1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce Campari
stir with ice, strain, garnish with an orange wheel

(Recipe from Drinkboy)

Hey, I'm getting light on the sweet vermouth.  Gotta restock before mom shows up next week!

But it's a fairly easy drink to make.

I used two ounces of each.

And here's what I taste...


or maybe it's...


or even...



I'm still not a huge Campari fan, so i dropped that orange wheel into the drink and that helped some.  But it's completely wiped out the gin flavor, at least.  Good thing I didn't use the Sapphire.  Maybe Plymouth instead?


I'm like Campari a bit more now, which might sound weird, but hey, that's how it works.  Just don't expect me to be knocking it back like sylvene or anything like that anytime soon...