White Negroni Riff: The Violet Hour's Polka Dot - Imbibe Magazine Subscribe + Save

The Violet Hour’s Polka Dot White Negroni Riff

Since the Negronis at Chicago’s The Violet Hour tend to be on the boozy side, Toby Maloney, The Violet Hour barman and co-author of The Bartender’s Manifesto, created this white Negroni riff. Even though the cocktail does feature a high-proof gin, it’s supported by Dolin Blanc vermouth “whose essence is reminiscent of a picnic in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes,” says Maloney. And Salers serves as the drink’s embittering backbone.

To finish the drink, drop a Luxardo cherry, “the polka dot,” into the glass, and then Maloney encourages expressing so much lemon oil across the top of the drink that “there appears a slick rainbow when candlelight hits it just right.”


  • 1 oz. high-proof gin (Maloney uses Junipero)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Salers
  • 1 oz. Dolin Blanc
  • 3 dashes grapefruit bitters (Maloney uses Bittercube Jamaican No. 2 Grapefruit)
  • lemon peel
  • Tools:mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:Nick and Nora
  • Garnish:Luxardo cherry


Add the first 4 ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill, then strain into a chilled glass. Drop a cherry into the drink, then express a lemon peel over the top and discard the peel.

Enjoy This Article?

Sign up for our newsletter and get biweekly recipes and articles delivered to your inbox.

Send this to a friend