Smoky ice cubes are indeed a thing. And they’re so easy to make. You could go all out and spend a day preparing a fire, smoking the wood and delicately infusing the ice. Or, you could simply buy a small bottle of liquid smoke and add a few drops to your ice cubes. Bingo!
This little hack is a gift from us to you – we know you’re busy and who has the time to do this from scratch? As the ice cubes inevitably melt, your drink becomes infused with a gentle smokiness that can enhance strong, complex cocktails such as a Negroni or a gin Old Fashioned. It’s a little magic trick that will impress your friends. For more inspiration, check out our free Top 10 gin bartending hacks.
Here is a great recipe that will draw out the smoky flavour from the ice to really lift your cocktail out of the ordinary.
10-15 smoky ice cubes
1 lime (cut into 8 wedges)
90ml of gin (citrus gins work best)
Premium tonic water
Squeeze the juice of two lime wedges per glass
Fill the glass with the remaining lime wedges and fill to top with smokey ice cubes
Add the gin and top up with tonic
Garnish with half of the thin lime slice and serve immediately
All good drinks should have a story attached and this classic Negroni cocktail is no exception. Some time, way back in the 1920s, Italian Count Camillo Negroni walked into a bar called Cafe Casoni in Florence looking for a drink that required freshness, acidity and a touch of bitterness. He asked the bartender for an Americano (equal parts Martini Rosso and Campari, topped with soda water). But he didn’t think it was quite doing the trick. So, he took out the soda and put in a shot of gin. The rest is history. In fact, the Negroni cocktail is the bartenders Holy Grail. Get it right and it’s a sublime drink. Get it wrong and it can taste a little bitter. But one thing is certain, it is a true cocktail classic – up there with the Old Fashioned (for Bourbon fans). That’s why it is so important for you to get the Negroni cocktail recipe right.
No more than 20 Negronis per day!
The Negroni first became popular in the 1920s and has been an iconic, classic cocktail ever since. In fact, Frances Harper of London wrote a letter to the ailing Count in 1920 which was delivered to his hospital bed. It offered some valuable advice: – “You say you can drink, smoke and laugh just as much as ever. I feel you are not too much to be pitied. You must take no more than 20 Negronis in one day!” This classic Negroni cocktail is the perfect drink for before (and after) dinner, but (like the Count) you can drink it any time. Welcome to the king of drinks. Here is our version of the classic, simple Negroni cocktail recipe that the Count inadvertently created back in the 1920s.
Negroni Cocktail Recipe
Equal parts of gin, Campari and Italian red vermouth
Mix in an ice filled mixing glass
Stir gently and pour into an Old Fashioned glass or tumbler
Garnish with chunky orange wedge and drink.
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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