Aperitivo is the time in Italy before dinner when restaurants and bars put out a spread of food for customers to enjoy if they order a drink. Drinks that are associated with aperitivo are often based on the three semi-bitter spirits Campari, Aperol and Cynar. In his upcoming Aperitivo Hour class, Joe Campanale, beverage director and co-owner of West Village favorites dell’anima, l’Artusi and Anfora (oh, he’s also one of Zagat’s 30 under 30) will guide a taste-test of these three spirits and will walk through how to make traditional cocktails such as the Negroni, Aperol Spritz and Cynar Soda, along with variations. But since it’s Wednesday, and we figured you might want a happy hour cocktail of your own, we asked him to give us a preview of an aperitivo-style drink, the Roasted Orange Negroni Sbagliato.
1 wedge roasted orange
1 ounce sweet red vermouth
1 1/4 ounces Campari
1 1/4 ounces Lini Lambrusco Bianco, or other sparkling white wine
Orange peel for garnish
Makes 1 serving
Place the orange in a mixing glass and add vermouth. Muddle the two so that the charred bits are released into the vermouth.
Add Campari and ice, and stir.
Strain into a chilled rocks glass that is filled with ice and top with sparkling wine. Do not stir as this will dissipate the bubbles. Garnish with orange peel.