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MATRIX Negroni | One Cocktail, Two Flavors

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

I know we have a lot of Negroni fans in the Cocktail Time community, what about Matrix fans? If you’re both I have something special for you - a Matrix Negroni. One cocktail, two flavors. Blue or red pill? If you take the blue you will get a Negroni Bianco. If you take the red pill, the cocktail turns into a Cardinale but you will find out the truth - we just released a new Cocktail Time merch store! Both choices will give you a unique cocktail experience. The choice is yours. Cheers!

Matrix Negroni

● 37.5 ml (1.25 oz) Plymouth gin

● 30 ml (1 oz) homemade Blanco vermouth* or Lillet

● 7,5 ml (0.25 oz) dry vermouth

● 2 dashes grapefruit bitters

● 2 drops saline solution

Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass and stir well to chill and dilute. Pour over a large ice cube in an Old Fashioned glass. Express orange peel over the top and lay it down on top. Add one Red and one Blue pill. *For the homemade Blanco vermouth check out the recipe here:

Blue Pill

● 30ml (1oz) Suze

● 10 g sugar

● 0,3 g citric acid

● 5 g gelatin powder

● 3 drops saline solution

● blue food coloring (optional)

Put Suze and gelatine powder in a pan, mix it with a spoon and leave it to bloom for about 10 minutes. Then add everything else, stir, and heat up so the sugar and acid dissolve. Don’t let it boil! When you have a hot clear liquid prepare a pipette and a mold on a small cutting board. Fill molds with the liquid and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight. After that, you should have nice firm Suze gummy candy. Sugar and acid are there to balance gummy cany so it’s good on its own as well as with the drink. You can coat gummy candy with powdered sugar for easier handling.

Red Pill

● 30ml (1oz) Campari

● 10 g sugar

● 0,3 g citric acid

● 5 gelatine powder

● 3 drops saline solution

The process is the same as with the blue pill. In this case, you don’t need food coloring since you will end up with a red pill.

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