I love The Negroni (https://blog.musingsonthevine.com/2011/10/02/the-negroni/) – As I wrote, it is perhaps one of a few perfect cocktails… In my humble opinion. So how does one improve upon such a delicious libation? Think white… or golden-hued, at least.


I recently found Suze, Saveur d’autrefois, a French, gentian-based aperitif that reminds me of a more perfumed version of Campari. As I sipped lazily on this very unique treat, I was inspired. Why not modify a few ingredients and recast The Negroni as a more feminine protagonist? So is born, La Contessa. Refreshing and with floral and honey notes, La Contessa enlivens the palate as a classic cocktail should…

Ladies and Gentlemen, La Contessa:

1-1/2 oz. London Dry Gin

1-1/2 oz. Suze

1-1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc

Shake the ingredients with crushed ice, vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.