Friday, July 8, 2016

Drink of the Month - Negroni


We are excited to start a new program.  Drink of the month.  Roughly, each month we will present a new drink that you can make at home with the guidance from a professional.  The professional that will be providing the recipes and the instructions will be mixologist, Jeffrey Moll.
Jeffrey Moll, the Head Barman at Randolfi's
Defender of both the fundamentals and DIY cocktailing. Reverence for all things liquid. Jason Molina fan. Avid cyclist. Loyal curmudgeon.

2015 St. Louis Magazine "A-List Award" Winner
Jeffrey Moll Jr., MIXOLOGIST
Dozens of the concoctions lining bartender Moll’s mixing station at Randolfi’s were formulated by the barkeep himself. Nabbing a tincture-side seat at the bar provides a nonpareil liquid education, with Moll dispensing as many answers as imbibers have questions. The cognoscenti gather, knowing that Moll’s labor-intensive seasonal creations (such as the garnish-laden Moll’s Cup No. 3) will keep them ahead of the cocktail curve.

The drinks will be presented in a "progressive" format so that you will end up with an amazing bar at home so that you can create every drink you would ever want.  Progressive meaning that next month you will not need to buy every ingredient, it will use some of the spirits you bought in the previous month(s) and so on.

Thank you to Jeffrey Moll for his help.  You can also head down to Randofi's and have Jeffrey make the drink for you!

Info from Jeffrey

 Here are the tools Jeffrey recommends for this cocktail (and you will need for future drinks)

  • Stirring Vessel (this can be anything from a shaker pint or a mixing tin OR a proper mixing glass)  ***
  • Mixing Spoon    ***
  • Hawthorn Strainer     ***
  • Conical Fine Strainer (optional, but i recommend one as, at a point it will become a requirement for some drinks)  We have it coming soon to the store
  • Large Silicon Spherical Ice Maker (also recommended if one prefers the drink over ice.)    ***
  • Fruit or Vegetable Peeler
  • Coupe Glass or Single Rocks Glass


Second:  These are the bottles that I think make a knock-out Negroni (and support some really talented, local-ish people distilling in Kansas City)

  • Rieger's Midwestern Gin   ***
  • Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth   ***
  • Campari    ***
  • Orange
***available at The Wine and Cheese Place (might not be available at all 4 locations)
You can click here to reserve the three spirits needed for this drink on our site.
We will let you know when they are ready to pick up at the location you choose.

Lastly:  Here is the preparation for the cocktail:

  • 1oz Rieger's Gin
  • 1oz Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth
  • 1oz Campari
  • Add all spirits to your mixing glass
  • Fill mixing glass 3/4 of the way with ice
  • Stir gently, quickly and fluidly (no pun intended) keeping the bottom of the spoon in constant contact with the side of the glass for about 25-30 seconds
  • Using your hawthorn strainer and fine strainer (if possessed) strain into a cold coupe glass or, if preferred, a prepared single rocks glass with fresh ice or one large ice cube (recommended)
  • Using your vegetable peeler, peel a sizable strip of orange peel. gently grasp the smaller section of the peel between your thumb and index finger and squeeze to express the oils from the peel over the cocktail. place peel in drink.
  • Enjoy!

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