The Bitter and The Sweet

Try the Negroni’s smoother, grapefruit-laced cousin

By: Tasting Table for Crate and Barrel

This Negroni variation gets its rosy hue from the addition of bitter orange aperitif, plus a hit of grapefruit juice. The end result has less bitterness than the ruby-hued original, but keeps just enough to be refreshing.

The Bitter and The Sweet Cocktail Recipe

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen for Crate and Barrel
Recipe Yield: 1 cocktail
Total Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce bitter orange aperitif
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • Brandied cherry for garnish


In a mixing glass with ice, combine all ingredients except garnish. Stir well, and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with brandied cherry.

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