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It's getting nippy: Area man invents new way to make negronis and nothing will ever be the same

The Dig interviews a Boston man who's started a new trend in the cocktail world by taping nips of Campari, Carpano Antica vermouth and Botanist gin together and selling them as a way to create instant negronis - pop their tops, then upend the three-micro-bottle assortment over a glass filed with ice.

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the craft cocktail movement has spread around Boston enough so that I can order one and expect a reasonable version of it to be made. As simple as the recipe is (equal parts of three ingredients), it was a crapshoot for many years here. The "pink Negroni" (lots of gin, dribs of Campari and sweet vermouth) was the horror of my boozing set.

My own preference is for other sweet vermouths (Carpano Antica Formula has a sweet-spice note, maybe vanilla, that I don't like in this cocktail, though it's great as an aperitif or in Manhattans -- my personal fave is Carpano Punt e Mes), and for a more traditional London Dry gin instead of one of the new wave, every-weed-from-the-garden flavored gins like The Botanist (though those are awesome with tonic).

I also now favor Bruto Americano over Campari. It's a close flavor knock-off of the original, but uses the beetle-carapace-derived red dye conchineal that Campari abandoned for cheaper (and vegan) vegetable dye back in the 80s. The bug juice produces a much prettier drink.

In my household, we duct-tape together three 750ml bottles and a funnel. Nips produce too much glass waste.

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...and its vanilla aspects. Stanley Tucci used it in his viral video, but it’s not for me. I also like swapping out Aperol for Campari from time to time because of the orange flavor it adds.

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Boulevadier: Rye, Negroni, Carpano Antica. Little lighter on the bitters than the rye, maybe 3:2:2 rather than 1:1:1.

I don't know it's name, but it's a great drink with smoky Mezcal instead of gin.

I agree about the traditional gin. Plymouth nice and doesn't break the bank.

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Purple Nurple. Magoo has spoken. That is all. Magoo.

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cranberry juice? I had no idea you were 22 years old.

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Methinks it’s a reference to the nips of, ah, the areolar variety. Which would make one closer to 12 years old.

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My BFF from high school became a flight attendant after college. He would always show up with a festive red barf bag full of nips, and we would "mix" drinks with them thus.

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Doesn't pass an ordinance forbidding premixed cocktails from being sold without obtaining a 100 dollar a year licences to sell premixed cocktails. But they might. : 0

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But they're not mixed. They're just bundled.

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LOL

*Premixed in the above passage refers to a bundle of nips packaged together for convenience.

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I don't know of any ordinance prohibiting bundling the nips, but Boston does suspend stores' ability to sell nips and other small bottles when the cops observe people buying them and drinking in public. It isn't enough that the owners do due diligence in shooing people away from the building and reminding them of the law; they're also apparently supposed to use telekinesis or something and make damn sure no one drinks anything purchased from their store in public.

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It's the trash that bugs people more than the consumption itself. If they just added a $0.20 deposit for nip bottles the problem would vanish.

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Bijou (gin, sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse)
Boulevardier (rye, sweet vermouth, Campari)
Dry Negroni (gin, dry vermouth, Campari)
Old Pal (rye, dry vermouth, Campari)
Contessa (gin, dry vermouth, Aperol)

All in equal parts. Anybody know any others?

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is 2 rye, 1 sweet vermouth, 1 Campari. It's counter-intuitive, but I don't think whiskey stands up to Campari as well as gin does.

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Wait. What? Campari nips? Who sells Campari nips?

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For real! Did not know you could get Campari and Carano Antica nips.

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It's amazing what qualifies as invention.

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