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Summer in a glass: Meet Father Phil, a perky and potent take on the Negroni

The Father Phil,  a perfect afternoon palate-awakener, subs in sparkling wine and Lillet for the usual gin and sweet vermouth, to create an orange-tinged, slightly less boozy, tall take on this cinq-à-sept standard.

Matthew Sherwood/The Globe and Mail

The short, sharp Negroni is a bartender favourite – and with good reason, since it practically owns the bitter end of the cocktail spectrum with its clever balance of perky, potent and sweet flavours.

The Father Phil,  a perfect afternoon palate-awakener, subs in sparkling wine and Lillet for the usual gin and sweet vermouth, to create an orange-tinged, slightly less boozy, tall take on this cinq-à-sept standard.

Father Phil

One ounce Lillet

One ounce Campari

Sparkling wine

Orange bitters

Orange twist

Ice

Method

In a tall glass, build one ounce Lillet, one ounce Campari, pack with ice and top with sparkling wine and a dash of orange bitters. Garnish with an orange twist.

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