Food - Drink
Reasons You May Want To Consider Diluting Your Negroni
By ANNA STAROPOLI
The Negroni is an Italian cocktail that has become a classic all over the world, and usually consists of equal parts gin, vermouth, and Campari. Like any simple, adaptable cocktail, you can alter the Negroni's flavor in many ways, and if you typically find this alcohol-heavy drink to be a bit too strong, try diluting it.
Water is especially important if you want to make a big batch of Negroni mix to freeze and use later. Mixologist Kim Haasarud told Distiller that “Water is such an integral part of a cocktail recipe, but it's usually not listed as an ingredient because one is stirring or shaking it with ice [...] Most cocktails should be diluted 25 percent.”
Punch Drink recommends adding ¾ ounces of water for each Negroni serving in your big batch before mixing and freezing it, and to dilute a fresh Negroni without water, try using small ice cubes that melt faster. Food & Wine says you can also stir your drink in a glass mixer to dilute it prior to straining.