When we develop new drinks at Artesian, our ideas are almost subconscious, even though we consciously create each drink. As a bartender, immigrant, and a traveller I find inspiration in equal measures from the world often right in front of me.
Combo consisting of Negroni and beer has been long time favourite of Simone, Monica, Andy from Partizan and myself; so I suggested why don’t we collaborate on beer inspired by the king of aperitifs.
The obvious thing to do would be creating brew fortified with Negroni, resulting in quite potent beverage. Instead we were so much more interested in the flavours itself, our aim was to create light beer with taste profile of Negroni.
Inspired by the iconic cocktail this beer is based on saison, which is brewed and infused with botanicals typically found in the king of aperitif cocktails (botanicals found in vermouth, gin and campari) It is coloured using cochineal insect, the original colouring agent of Campari with the huge bitterness coming from cascarilla, found in Campari also.
We drink it over ice with orange twist! Salute!
Here’s our tasting notes:
Campari like, neon raspberry colour with big citrus on the nose full of orange, fresh grapefruit and hints of juniper. Bright crisp and refreshing with bitterness of classic Negroni lengthened with rhubarb root, aloe, Nepalese pepper and Hallertauer Mittlefruh hops.