The Rosita cocktail is essentially the tequila version of a Negroni – but a bit more rebellious as it mixes Mexican Tequila with Italian aperitifs. The Rosalita was introduced originally back in 1991 by famous bartended Gary “gaz” Regan, however, he didn’t even know he created the drink until 2005 when he discovered the recipe in an article written by Terry Sullivan. When questioning Sullivan about the origin of the drink, because he served it at a dinner party and received tons of praise, Sullivan told Gaz that he found it in the The Bartenders Bible – a book written by Gaz in 1991. I guess when you write about thousands of different recipes, you are bound to overlook one.
- 1 1/2 oz Tequila Reposado
- 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Campari
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- Garnish: Orange or Lemon Twist
Stir ingredients with crushed ice in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds or until chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass over single cubed ice. Garnish with an orange (or lemon) twist.