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Negroni Vinaigrette

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Every Christmas our Jule lads design a signature gift from CosituttiMarketPlace for our family and friends. This holiday season they propose an unusual and mysterious vinaigrette that can be used to dress a salad or as a glaze on vegetables. The ingredients create a good balance of sweet and tart followed by a subtle bitterness that can be used in a variety of ways.

The recipe is based on a popular Northern Italian aperitivo, the Negroni. Considered by many to be one of the world's finest drinks, a classic Negroni is made with equal parts gin, Campari and Italian sweet red vermouth served with a lemon twist. Said to have been invented in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, Italy, the Negroni is a variation on another classic cocktail, the Americano, basically a Negroni senza gin. In which case this recipe should be called an Americano vinaigrette since the gin is omitted. The lads propose to gift it in a decorative bottle like this one.

Negroni Vinaigrette (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 cup sweet Italian red vermouth (Carpano Antica, Cinzano Rosso or Martini and Rossi Rosso would be good)

  • 1/4 cup Campari

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1/4/cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper

In a small heavy saucepan, combine the vermouth, Campari, orange juice, red wine vinegar and rosemary and bring to a low boil. Boil gently until the liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and cool. Strain mixture and remove rosemary. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified and smooth. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to a week. Bring to room temperature and shake before serving.

Negroni Little Gem Salad (little gems salad greens, radish, thinly sliced orange, fine herbs, walnuts with Negroni vinaigrette)

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