Being a young, 20-something year old woman in NYC – the world is my oyster. But there’s nothing like a girl’s night in. I love setting up charcuterie boards, decadent treats, and sophisticated cocktails. And tonight I’m in the mood for something red. A classic Negroni will do.
What’s a Girl’s Night In without something thrilling to watch? To accompany our festive night in, is the latest in Campari Red Diaries, Campari’s annual short film that proves that “every cocktail tells a story.” This year’s installation stars Zoe Saldana and some incredible-sounding cocktails.
Titled The Legend of Red Hand, the film follows Zoe’s character, Mia Parc, in her pursuit of the perfect cocktail, which in this film is created by the mysterious “Red Hand.” This short film follows the international success of the 2017 edition of Campari Red Diaries, which featured actor Clive Owen as a notorious bartender in a film noir titled The Killer in Red. Legend of Red Hand is set in Milan (where Campari was created), and is directed by Stefano Sollima, known for his work in Italy.
The short film is very thrilling as it shows Zoe Saldana on a mission to discover the identity of “Red Hand” in a speakeasy-style club in Milan, which takes her on a journey around the world to discover the “Red Hands” of cities such as Buenos Aires, Berlin, London and even right here in NYC.
The “Red Hand” of NYC is Leo Robitschek, the beverage director of the NoMad, which just opened an outpost in LA. His cocktail – the Jitney Negroni – was created for Campari’s Legend of the Red Hand and is on the menu at the NoMad LA.
Created by Leo Robitschek for Campari Red Diaries and available at NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
¾ oz. Campari
¾ oz. Sombra Mezcal
½ oz. Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth infused with Coffee*
½ oz. Cinzano Bianco Vermouth
2 dashes of Absinthe
*Coffee-infused Vermouth: Macerate 5 oz. of coarsely ground coffee in 750 ml of Vermouth for 10 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, stir and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Not into mezcal? Here’s a recipe for a classic Negroni: