We already produce two thirds of the components needed to make a classic Negroni with our award-winning gin – made with distilled wine from our estate – and our vermouth, recently voted best semi-sweet Vermouth in the world. But we needed to complete the triangle.
We gave ourselves a challenge; why not create the third and most complex element? Could we produce a bitter liqueur to rival the best and most well-known of them all? We knew we needed expert assistance so we enlisted the help of our friends at Madame Jennifer, a micro-distillery just a few miles down the road in Hove.
Working together here in our winery, we performed a kind of alchemy, combining and blending a myriad of botanicals until we reached our goal – the creation of a unique Sussex amaro liqueur. What makes this liquid so special is the choice of ingredients: they are very personal to us, and several can be sourced from the headlands of our vineyards. The balance is key, and we believe we have created a complex, bitter and smooth, ready-to-drink cocktail that has many layers of flavour.
The classic Bolney Negroni
Arguably one of the simplest cocktails to make but with our own Sussex twist. Bolney Negroni should never be shaken but always stirred – the dilution from the ice opens up the complex botanical components.
Take a 50ml measure of our Negroni
Serve over ice - preferably a very large cube or ball of solid ice
Garnish with an orange wedge or orange peel twist
The Lychgate Negroni
Add a 25ml measure of our Lychgate Red to 30ml Bolney Negroni
Top up with soda
25ml Bolney Negroni
100ml measure of Verjuice to lengthen and create a refreshing long cocktail
Always serve over ice
Finish with a slice of grapefruit