Presenting . . . the inaugural recipe from my new treasure box, "The 2 in 1 International Recipe Card Collection for Mixed Drinks and Hors D'Oeuvre." (Random House, 1977). We kick off with number 35, the classic Italian Negroni cocktail, and a variation known as the Bernini Bristol.
A tart bean and caviar salad is the perfect nibble to accompany this magnum opus of cocktails.
Here is Vivien Leigh, as Karen Stone, calming her nerves with a soothing Negroni, in Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, 1961.
Karen Stone: When I told you I was drifting, did you understand?
Paolo di Leo: Not why it made you sad. I too am drifting, Signora. The whole world, everybody,
the stars, everything is drifting. Is it so bad to drift? Is it so unhappy?
Karen Stone: Yes, when you have nowhere to go.
Paolo di Leo: Your hand's a fist. Open it. Give it to me.