Counter the sweet treats of the holidays with the bitter, herbal leanings of a refreshing Negroni.
Juliet beverage director Robert Millican includes eight Negroni varieties in the restaurant’s bar program, including the White Negroni—a mix of Lillet Blanc and Suze.
The Negroni is a modern, classic drink worth celebrating. Its signature bright red color, perfect for this time of year, comes from sweet vermouth and the bitter-orange citrus of Campari—so the versions that sub the Campari aren’t red at all. An ounce of dry gin rounds out the drink, which is commonly referred to as the tipping point to cocktail-enthusiast status. For an informative overview of the Negroni, a visit to Juliet is in order. Zilker’s newest Italian hot spot is obsessed with the cocktail—so much so that eight versions are available and listed on the main menu, no less. Seven of these are options on the “Negroni sampler,” a collection of four, 1-ounce pours of your choice.
Our suggestions include the Parisian, which replaces the usual gin with warming Cognac, and the striking White Negroni, a mix of Lillet Blanc and the bitter, gentian flavors of Suze. In a Texan twist, there’s even a smoky Montelobos Mezcal version with expressed lime oil, while the La Petite Negroni has vodka, Aperol, and Lillet Rouge. Enjoy these at Juliet’s large, welcoming bar, and then order a full-size version of your favorite. 1500 Barton Springs Road, 512-479-1800