After the first full week of work in what seems like months, it’s time for a stiff drink. Problem is, it’s too early in the season to jump right on the whiskey train and too late to go full rum-soaked poolside sipper. Fortunately, it’s just the right time of year for a Negroni. The classic Italian cocktail’s bittersweet flavor perfectly encapsulates how we’re all feeling right now: sad to see summer go, but amped to break out all the cozy sweaters and flannel shirts we packed away in April.
This bright yellow take on a White Negroni (appropriately titled the Neon Negroni) from Gabriela Ramos of Portland’s Taylor Railworks blends gin with dry vermouth, Cocchi Americano and a curiously bitter and woody liqueur called Aveze, which is responsible for the drink’s brilliant hue. It’s easy to make—just pour, stir (until, as Ramos puts it, “you feel slightly uncomfortable about how long you’ve been stirring”) and strain—so you don’t have to waste any of your precious short weekend slaving away in the kitchen.
The drink’s sunny flavors will wake you up after those five, long, hard, full days of work and prepare you for a night out or an evening spent curled up on the couch, getting a jump on those lazy autumnal times.
Learn how to make the Neon Negroni at home.