Blessed Thistle

Shelly Lindgren, A16 Rockridge | Oakland, CA

Based on the classic framework of a Negroni—equal parts strong, bitter and sweet—A16 Rockridge’s Blessed Thistle replaces sweet vermouth with CioCiaro and Cardamaro. CioCiaro’s earthiness pairs well with gin’s herbaceous backbone and Campari’s bittersweet tang, while Cardamaro provides a wine-like quality maintaining the aromatic and dry qualities of sweet vermouth. The name is a nod to blessed thistle, a plant believed to have medicinal properties often used in amaro production.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce gin (preferably Plymouth)
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1/4 ounce CioCiaro Amaro
  • 1/4 ounce Cardamaro

Garnish: orange wheel

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and stir until chilled.
  3. Strain over a large rock into a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange wheel.