The Negroni: a treasure of the Jurassic Coast for Friday night

The Jurassic was a crucial period in the history of life on our planet. Allosaurs, stegosaurs, plesiosaurs, icthyosaurs-there’s so much to see,you’d have thought that someone in Hollywood might have made a film about it by now. Recently we set off to explore it, courtesy of England’s famous Jurassic coastline, in the sturdy company of our LSS research team and some long standing readers. It was a long hard series of days, or rather day, clambering over rocks, chipping out all those ammonites, belemnites and oolites, to say nothing of our efforts to preserve, classify and write up our findings in Learned Scientific Journals. By three thirty we were entirely exhausted and returned to our base camp to rest and refresh, before donning some entirely more appropriate apparel and setting out in search of some altogether more congenial discoveries.

It wasn’t long before we found a pleasant cocktail bar in the town of Bridport which was able to offer us several glimpses into the latest advances in Science. Among these we enjoyed an Elderflower Spritz, a Bridport Dagger and a Dark ‘n’ Stormy. But best of all turned out to be their classic Negroni. Connoisseurs will recognise as as one of those outliers, possessing a special quality all of its own, a kind of dry, rich, acerbic almost liquorice-y vibe which no other major cocktail quite captures. An entirely appropriate reward for those who had spent their day at the cutting edge of intellectual progress. No pun intended.

Our hosts were not so foolish as to offer their peculiar recipe. So for today’s little blog we shall fall back on that old favourite The Bartenders Guide[1] which works in ounces, dammit, and leave you lot to take it from here.

In a glass mix 3/4 ounce gin, 3/4 ounce Campari, 3/4 ounce sweet red vermouth over generous broken ice. Stir and garnish with a slice of orange. Now sit back and be grateful that your ancestors, the mammals, finally defeated the dinosaurs. All that effort and sacrifice, so you could enjoy your cocktail today!

[1] Bohrman, Peter: The Bartender’s guide Greenwich 2005

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