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Christmas Negroni Recipe From Lisa Wilkinson of The Wicklow Escape

What better way to kick back this festive season than with a winter warmer of a cocktail!

Lisa Wilkinson, owner of The Wicklow Escape shares her Christmas Negroni recipe. A super seasonal twist on the classic, forget mulled wine, this is Christmas in a glass.


  • Spicy syrup
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 2 Cloves nutmeg
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks (each approx 7.5cm/ 3 inches in length)
  • 15 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp pink peppercorns
  • 100 g palm/caster sugar1
  • 100 ml water
  • Zest of one orange

  • 30 ml/ 1 fl oz gin silks wicklow gin
  • 30 ml/ 2 fl oz sweet vermouth
  • 60 ml/ 2 fl oz campari
  • 2 charred segments of Orange
  • A little sunflower oil

    To Make the Spicey syrup:
  • Put the spices into an unoiled pan and gently heat gently for 1-2 minutes to release their aromas
  • Roughly smash up the spices using either a pestle & mortar or the end of a rolling pin
  • Put the spices, water, and sugar into a pan on a low heat and reduce to half the volume to make a syrup.

    To Make the Christmas Negroni
  • Put an un-oiled frying pan over high heat while you brush the orange segments lightly with the oil.
  • Place both segments flesh side down in the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until beginning to char.
  • Flip over and cook the other side in the same way. Remove from the pan to cool
  • Put a few ice cubes into your glass, add one of the charred orange wedges and top with a little more ice cubes
  • Mix the gin, red vermouth, and Campari with one tablespoon of the syrup in your cocktail shaker and pour over ice
  • Add the remaining orange segment & serve immediately
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