The Negroni is a very simple drink recipe. This classic cocktail features just three ingredients: gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. It tastes like cherry, wine and citrus, but with noticeable bitter notes. It can be a bit of an acquired taste.
The Old Flame cocktail has a nostalgic feel, as you might expect from the name. Dale DeGroff invented it almost by accident: he’d chosen Negronis to serve with a dinner, and the people he served it to those who didn’t like the bitters-based flavor. He asked the bartender to add in orange juice and Cointreau.
The Hamlet cocktail is basically a Screwdriver with less orange juice and a half-ounce of Campari instead of a pinch of salt. The Campari adds a little bitterness to it, which works well against the fruity sweetness of the orange juice (not unlike the pinch of salt in the Screwdriver).
The South Beach Cocktail is perfect for a day on the beach. It’s a little more sophisticated than the usual fruit juice based cocktails associated with hot summer sun and white sand that burns your feet. But it’s mostly orange juice with a reasonably good helping of alcohol that’s very drinkable.
The following is the recipe I landed on after some trial and error from playing with the other recipes for this drink. I start with grapefruit vodka – Absolut Ruby Red – and add to that some ruby red grapefruit juice, a touch of Campari, and then t-Up.