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The Classic Negroni Cocktail

An Indispensable, Yet Simple Happy Hour Cocktail
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The Classic Negroni cocktail recipe by @waitingonmartha

The Negroni.  It’s the perfect apĂ©ritif (a pre-dinner drink to awaken the appetite), and in its simplicity, it’s one of the most indispensable cocktails, in my humble opinion.  It came about circa 1919 in Florence, and has continued to be a mainstay on any decent cocktail menu (read on about its history and splash into the mainstream here). It seems fancy; it’s not.  It’s made up of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari.  And with a crisp blood orange peel as the garnish, it’s as gorgeous as it tastes.  

Campari always brings on the La Dolce Vita vibes for me; and The Negroni’s cheery, punchy red with fresh citrus and bitter sweet flavor is incredibly easy to sip under the sun. I think you’ll find that its flavors beg for creative renditions of its classic recipe, too.  It can be served on the rocks or up in a cocktail glass, and it’s incredibly easy to pour another (and another).  Cin cin!  Truly, MKR

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The Classic Negroni
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. gin
  2. 1 oz. Campari
  3. 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  4. Orange peels, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass orr double rocks glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with orange peels, and serve!
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Hot Buttered Rum Cider

An Incredibly Sippable Cold-Weather Cocktail
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If you’re like us, you’ve still got holiday-brain this week.  So instead of fighting the productivity slump, we’re embracing it with a mouth-watering cocktail recipe today.  My hot buttered rum cider will warm you from the inside out, I tell you!  Now you’ve just got to count the hours until 5 o’clock to try it at home. 

Hot, buttered rum cider.  I knew from the second I heard the words together that it would be a truly decadent sip.   And since making it, I’ve decided that a glass of this is my new favorite fight to the winter blues; it’s warm, bright and creamy and it goes down really easy (almost too easy).  I’ve professed my love for boozy apple cider before, and this one has the added bonus of creamy butter and brown sugar, along with a sprinkle of salt, a squeeze of fresh lemon and a pinch of cinnamon that rounds out the rich flavors. It’s quite simply perfectly balanced. 

See the full recipe before, but all you’ll need to do is bring apple cider to a simmer and stir in unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  And to serve, simply pour the warm, buttered cider into individual glasses, and top each with dark rum and a squeeze of fresh lemon for that needed acidity.  Garnish with cinnamon stick to serve.  Cheers, friends!  Truly, MKR

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Hot Buttered Rum Cider
Yields 6
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups high quality apple cider (not juice, cider)
  2. 1 stick unsalted butter
  3. 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  8. 2 cups dark Rum
  9. Juice of half a lemon
  10. Cinnamon sticks for garnish
  11. salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot bring the apple cider to a boil over medium/high heat then immediately turn the heat on low and allow the mixture to simmer.
  2. Stir in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and a pinch of salt. Continue to stir until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. If the sugar isn't dissolving, whisk the mixture.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and add in rum and the juice of half a lemon.
  4. Ladle the hot rum buttered cider into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
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Orange, Pomegranate & Rosemary Sparkling Holiday Gin Punch

A Festive (& Gorgeous) Holiday Sip
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In true holiday form, we’re kicking off this Monday with a festive, cheers-worthy cocktail: our Orange, Pomegranate & Rosemary Gin Punch.  I’ve been on a bit of a gin kick lately, and I think it’s safe to say that this beautiful batch drink is my current favorite way to toast to the season. 

You’ll quickly see how this cocktail recipe became my wintry go-to when you experience the aromatic rosemary paired with the sweet-sour mixture of gin and fresh orange.  It’s warm, spicy, yet fresh.  The pomegranate seeds provide a fun, juicy pop (which very well may be my favorite part of the drink) and thanks to a bottle of champagne (or prosecco), the consistency is both light and bubbly.  

And like our holiday sangria recipe, it’s just as gorgeous as it tastes.  The rich, deep red of the pomegranate seeds, the vibrant orange and fresh green that the rosemary sprigs provide all combine for an inviting glass, and altogether look stunning in a crystal punch bowl.  Cin, cin friends!  Truly, MKR

P.S. For more cocktail inspiration, head over to our Recipe Index. xo 

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Orange, Pomegranate & Rosemary Gin Punch
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle champagne or proseco
  2. 8 ounces pomegranate juice
  3. 4 ounces gin
  4. 8 ounces orange juice
  5. 4-6 oranges, thinly sliced
  6. 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  7. 4-6 sprigs of rosemary plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a punch bowl, lightly stir. Add ice to a low ball glass or punch bowl and pour over ice to serve.
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