There’s only one cocktail I ever truly crave- a Negroni.  A perfect blend of equal parts sweet vermouth, Campari and gin.  Recently I had a variation on this classic at Seattle’s Bar Ferd’nand that has become my new favorite iteration.  Replace the Campari with Cardamaro, a bitter-sweet amaro tinted with citrusy undertones and a lovely fennel finish- and you get a Cardagroni.  The boys at Bar Ferd’nand really know how to improve on a good thing.

Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Cardamaro.


One other thing to love about Bar Ferd… they have the best bar snacks.  Ever.

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

5 Responses

  1. Carlos T.

    I am really impressed by the high level of your blog. I am friends with a barolo producer you happen to like a lot his sister and by chance found your blog. Congratulations…. i am out of words for your dedication, explanations, hardwork, and all knowledge being broadcast. Nice job

  2. John

    Those snacks look worth the visit alone! Here in NJ/NY we haven’t quite made the leap to bar snacks like they have in Roma or Milano. I’m also not familar with that digestivo, but I’ll have to look around. I love fennel and that sounds good.

  3. Ethan

    You really need to go see Adam at Artusi. Not only does he make a great negroni, and negroni variants, he knows a TON about Italian wine. And their wine list is fantastic!


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