September 19, 2018

Stella's Perfect Negroni

Bottoms Up
By Janice Binkert | May 19, 2018

It’s not vanity that prompted the owners of Trattoria Stella and The Franklin in Traverse City to include the word “perfect” in naming its proprietary negroni cocktail, explained Stella bartender Andy Betka, but rather, the perfect classic balance of strong, bitter, and sweet components in equal parts. In this case, that means two parts Two James gin (made in Detroit), two parts Contratto vermouth, and two parts amari (Campari & Zucca), served on the rocks and garnished with elaborate, intertwined twists of lemon and orange which, Betka noted, add additional sensory elements to what is already a complex cocktail. The original negroni is attributed to Count Camillo Negroni, who in 1919 was inspired to replace soda with gin in a non-alcoholic drink from his favorite watering hole in Florence, Italy. That original and three variations on it from the 1920s through the 1980s are also on the extensive cocktail list (16 pages!) at Stella. “We even have a ‘create your own negroni’ section, and with the veritable library of ingredients at our disposal — for any cocktail — we can help you choose your strong and your bitter element, depending on which vermouth you want,” said Betka. “It’s the best cocktail in the world, as far as I’m concerned,” said Stella/Franklin co-owner and sommelier Amanda Danielson, “because it can be almost anything you want.” There couldn’t be a more “perfect” time to treat yourself to a negroni, since National Negroni Week — yes, it’s a real thing — is June 4–10! $13.50 at Trattoria Stella, 1200 W. Eleventh St. (For GPS directions, use 830 Cottageview Dr.) Phone (231) 929-8989. Also available at The Franklin (where it is on tap), 160 E. Front St. (231) 943-2727. offthemaphospitality.com 

 

Trending

Welcome to Michigan’s Most Remote Brewery

After years of planning and honing his beer-making skills, this spring, Patrick McGinnity plans to open Beaver Island’s first microbrewery. Opening a craft brewery is challenging. Opening one on a remote island in Lake Michigan that’s either a 15-minute plane ride or a two-and-a-half-hour ferry ride from ... Read More >>

Gaylord: A boomtown Up North

Gaylord native Gary Scott had moved to Indiana, where he and some partners started a business to invest in distressed properties. He was talking to a banker in Detroit about real estate in Bloomington when he asked what kind of deals might be available in northern Michigan. ... Read More >>

Small Up North Towns on the Rise

Spotlight on Bellaire (pictured)Seems Traverse City isn’t the only place in the region making those “Best of” lists. The Antrim County hamlet of Bellaire was recently named to the list of Best Lakeside Towns in the U.S. by Country Living Magazine, alongside the likes of Vergennes, Vermont, Greenville, ... Read More >>

What Happens When Weed is Legal?

Voters in Michigan will decide Nov. 6 whether to legalize recreational marijuana, a measure that observers on both sides believe is likely to pass.What’s it going to mean for northern Michigan? Mark Clark, an attorney who specializes in marijuana at Traverse Legal in Traverse City, said he ... Read More >>