Food - Drink
The Smoky Rim You Should Try Adding To Negronis
By SYLVIA TOMCZAK
A classic combination of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, the Negroni has maintained its appeal over the course of a century, beloved for both its time-honored simplicity and room for customization. If you're a fan of smoky and spicy notes in cocktails, your ideal Negroni might be missing one special addition around the rim of your glass.
Dry spice rubs, such as those used to season meat, are a surprisingly great ingredient for coating the rim of your Negroni glass. The smoky aromas and flavors stand up to the potent, alcoholic Negroni and complement the earthy spiciness of the vermouth; it's even better if you add a splash of smoky mezcal to the formula.
Basic barbecue rubs with a bit of sugar, plus salt, paprika, garlic, and/or pepper work well without stealing the spotlight from the Negroni itself. When applying the rub to the rim of your shot glass, hold the glass at a 45 degree angle, wet a quarter-inch of the glass’s outer edge, then apply dry seasoning, just like salt on a margarita.