Thanks to a new liquor license, Cane Rosso in Fort Worth recently launched a line of well-crafted mixed drinks inspired by classic Italian cocktails and spirits. Bar manager Kendyll Clark says the concise cocktail menu is approachable yet introduces patrons to Italian specialties. Campari, for example, is a liqueur that originated in Novara, Italy, in the 19th century, and Negroni is an aperitif with Florence roots. A frozen version of Negroni, traditionally made with gin, vermouth and Campari, is the favorite cocktail among Cane Rosso patrons thus far. Whether blended with ice or simply shaken and served on the rocks, the refreshing libation is ideal for easing into patio-sipping this spring.
Frozen Blood Orange Negroni
• 1 ounce Bulldog London Dry Gin
• 1 ounce Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
• 1/2 ounce Campari
• 3 ounces blood orange juice
• 2 dashes Bittermens ’Elemakule
Add all ingredients to a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend to serve frozen, or shake and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice.
— 815 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-922-9222, www.canerosso.com