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.
Cold Brew Negroni
- 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.