The Libations


1. An endless supply of ice, bubbly water, flavored and not

2. Water pitchers with sliced lemons and mint leaves

3. A fantastic Italian cocktail called a Negroni. (ne-GROAN-ee), invented in Tuscany in the 1900s by Count Camillo Negroni.  Every time he visited his favorite bar in Florence, Negroni ordered an Americano with the soda replaced by gin.  To seem as cool as the count, others soon began to order their Americano a la Negroni.

Negroni x 10

– 10 oz. gin
– 10 oz. Campari
– 7 oz. Sweet Vermouth
– Orange slices or half slices

(Note: Tradition calls for the orange to be burned, but this cocktail drinks equally well without it. Directions for burnt orange slices: Make the cocktail, pour into the glass. Hold the orange slice with tongs, ignite the cocktail into flames, and burn the orange. Or, oven-broil several slices pre-party.)


Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Shake until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice however you will, perched or swimming.

Party on a Dime

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photo: Deborah Alexander

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