Tenuous Summer

A frozen Campari-grapefruit granita adds a frosty pop of flavor in this icy riff on the classic Negroni.

2 oz. dry gin
1 1/2 oz. Dolin blanc vermouth
4 Tbsp. Campari-grapefrut granita (see below)
Tools: shaker, whisk from a Hawthorn strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: thin fresh grapefruit wheel

Shake all ingredients without ice with the whisk from a Hawthorn strainer inserted into the shaker. Pour (unstrained) into a glass filled with several large ice cubes. Garnish.

Campari-Grapefruit Granita
6 cups fresh grapefruit juice
1 cup Campari
1/2 cup granulated sugar

In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat grapefruit juice and sugar to 160 degrees F. Remove from heat and let cool in the refrigerator. When cool, add Campari and pour into a shallow dish in the freezer. After 1 hour, scrape and fluff with a fork every 20 minuets until granita is fully frozen.

Douglas Derrick for Nostrana, Portland, OR


Check out the Sept/Oct 2011 issue to see which five bars in the U.S. made our list of the country’s best Negronis.