It's Negroni Week... again.

But I've got something else for you to try!

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Aaaand it’s that time of year again! Negroni Week.

I always approach the topic of Negroni’s with caution as I know many people are yet to acquire the taste! For those that aren’t Campari fan girls (yet!), I’ll share a few alternate options for you further down.

So far I’ve shared 32 versions of the Italian bitter beverage on my YouTube channel but I have two favourites, a Mezcal Negroni and the Kingston Negroni.

The Kingston Negroni drops the gin from the classic recipe which is replaced with Smith & Cross—a funky and potent Jamaican rum. Pair it with Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and you’ll notice some tasty chocolate notes coming through.

I highly recommend both if you have a good mezcal or a Jamaican rum on hand.


4 years ago I compared 3 of the more unusual Negroni recipes - chocolate vs Jagermeister vs Aperol, and I had a clear favourite. Watch video.




A friend of mine has recently opened a distillery in Perth, WA and I love his philosophy around sustainability, using produce that was otherwise destined for landfill. He rescues citrus husks from a local juice company for his citrus gin and saves apple pulp from a nearby cidery to create his apple aperitivo. Tim is offering free shipping Australia-wide with the coupon code STEVE23. Get in quick to grab a bottle from the very first batch! Shop now.


Companies often send me samples. It makes restocking my bar that much easier, and I’m super grateful for it. But there are a few gifts that I’ve received from viewers that have a special place in my bar collection. This custom made chopping board is one of those pieces. Andrew takes on unique woodworking projects, check out his Instagram page, Block After Block.

Andrew also shared another creation of his, the Christmas in Manhattan.

  • 2 oz rye whiskey

  • 1 oz sweet vermouth

  • 0.5 oz allspice dram

  • 0.25 oz luxardo maraschino

  • dash of aromatic bitters

  • garnish with a maraschino cherry

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