Negroni purists may scoff at this deconstructed variation on the classic aperitif, but innovative drinkers will appreciate how the drink changes over time as the frozen mix of Campari, sweet vermouth and zesty grapefruit water melts into the gin. The end result might not taste exactly like the old-school standard, but it will still sate your zesty, bittersweet cravings.
Negroni Cocktail Cubes
1 Cup Water
- Boil water, remove from heat and add grapefruit zest.
- Steep for 30 minutes, then strain out the zest and allow infusion to cool.
- Fill the slots of an ice cube tray (silicone king cube trays work best) half full with the grapefruit water, then fill the remaining space with equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth.
- To serve, place a cube in a lowball glass, top with 1 ounce of gin, and swirl. Garnish with orange zest if using.