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A negroni isn’t a cocktail that you would expect to see on the menu at a tiki bar, though all bets are off during Negroni Week, when bars of all types start stirring up variations of this classic cocktail for charity. One of the most delicious versions of the negroni that we’ve had is the Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Negroni. The cocktail combines our favorite Plantation pineapple rum with bitter orange Campari and sweet vermouth. Like all negronis, the Campari’s flavor is a dominant one, but what is surprising about this combination is how well the pineapple rum stands up to it. The cocktail has a sweet pineapple aroma and plenty of natural pineapple flavor to it, making the cocktail softer, smoother and slightly sweeter (or, at least, it seems that way) than many other Negronis. It’s absolutely wonderful and well worth making – even if you’re not celebrating Negroni Week.
We make ours with equal parts of all three ingredients, but have been known to add in a splash of additional pineapple rum from time to time when we want to make it a bit stronger. Our usual sweet vermouth is Carpano Antica, though there are some other great brands out there that will also make a fine version of this.
Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Negroni
1 oz Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, fill with ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with cubed ice.