Is there anything more welcoming than the fragrant aromas of the holidays? While the classic Italian Negroni is wonderful on its own, this low-proof riff on a white Negroni boasts spruce-infused Lillet Blanc, making it a natural choice for yuletide celebrations. Maintaining the balance with flowery Lillet and bitter Suze but replacing the high-proof gin with a decidedly lower-ABV Shochu, this version also gets a frosty winter makeover with a touch of blue spirulina.
Note: Although optional, I love remixing this drink with an aromatic infusion for the holidays. Spruce is a striking evergreen tree with vibrant flavors and aromas that come alive at Christmastime. Spruce tips—the new growth of the tree—are tender, bright, and pack a citrusy punch that translates well to infusions.
1 1/2 oz. Shochu
1 oz. spruce-infused Lillet Blanc
3/4 oz. Suze
1/2 tsp. blue spirulina
Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into your desired vessel. This recipe makes 1 serving, but you can easily multiply it to batch the drink. Without sweeteners and citrus components, it will last through the holidays.
Spruce-Infused Lillet Blanc Ingredients
1 750-ml bottle of Lillet Blanc
1 cup spruce or Douglas fir needles
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar and let sit in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours, or longer depending on your taste. Shake periodically to distribute flavors. Strain the mixture into a clear glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.