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Cocktail Recipe for the Month of March

Negroni Cocktail

Sara Essex Bradley Photograph

If you lived anywhere else, what does March mean? Rain, still chilly, not much going on and planning a vacation for June.

In New Orleans, March means festivals, parties, parades, cabbage, fava beans, beads, green beer and good ethnic food.

March is that month when we honor two great countries and their saints – St. Patrick of Ireland and St. Joseph of Italy – and we do that in our own way, with blow-out parties and parades. Lots of them.

The two saints have feast days that fall within two days of each other, March 17 and 19, respectively, and so we devote at least 10 days to celebrate. Sounds about right.

No one cares really what your last name is – whether it contains a “Mc” or ends in a vowel – on these special days you’re in the homeland and part of the festivities. Grab something green, then green and red and join in. You are among family.

Negroni Cocktail

1 part Campari
1 part Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
1 part Bombay Sapphire
Orange peel

In an Old Fashioned glass, combine first three ingredients. Add ice. Stir well. Garnish with orange peel.

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