Little Red Dress

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The Little Red Dress is inspired by a classic negroni. I love them, but many find the negroni too bitter for their taste. That problem is solved using red raspberry infused gin and the most beautiful, crimson red aperitivo Americano Rosso as a substitute for Campari. Add a taste of cranberry and sweet vermouth, and you have a lightly tart, wonderful, perfectly balanced gin cocktail.

I serve them over ice in a frozen rocks glass with a lemon peel garnish to add a citrus note. It’s perfectly at home as a pre-dinner drink, but extremely enjoyable at any time. Beware, they go down easily and quickly. Print

Little Red Dress

Raspberry infused Gin with Vino Aperitivo Americano Rosso, Cranberry and Vermouth

  • Author: Tim
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 11/2 oz raspberry infused gin
  • 1 oz Vino Aperitivo Americano Rosso
  • 3/4 oz 100% cranberry juice
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • Lemon Peel

Instructions

  1. Infuse the gin (recipe below)
  2. Freeze a single rocks glass with ice cubes in it
  3. Combine the gin, aperitivo, cranberry juice and vermouth in a mixing glass
  4. Stir, then pour over ice in the frozen rocks glass and garnish with lemon peel

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Raspberry Infused Gin

Gin, Infused with fresh Raspberry and Sugar

  • Author: Tim
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15 oz 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 16 oz London Dry Gin
  • 67 oz fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Place the raspberries in a quart mason jar and gently bruise them with a muddler
  2. Add the sugar, then fill the jar with gin and tightly cap it
  3. Shake and turn it to begin dissolving the sugar
  4. Let it set overnight in a dark place
  5. Shake the jar after the first and second days to fully dissolve the sugar and to help the raspberry flavor infuse the gin
  6. After three days, when it has achieved a beautiful pink color, strain out the gin, bottle and refrigerate until ready to use