Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Cognegroni

Pair this creative take on a classic Negroni with Episode #79, “The Borden Murders.”

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Martinis & Murder Cocktails: Cognegroni, Episode #79

Drinking along with John Thrasher and Daryn Carp during Martinis and Murder always feels nice, but this week, the drink has an added bonus you can feel good about.

The episode debuts on the last day of Negroni Week, a yearly charity where about 8,000 bars across the globe donate their proceeds from the sale of Negronis to charity partners.

A Negroni is a classic cocktail traditionally made with gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, but during Negroni Week, bars serve up creative takes on them, including Negroni slushies and snow cones.

Our creative take is provided by New York City bar The Flatiron Room, and uses cognac as a base and a touch of orange juice.

Here’s how to make it:


1 ounce D’Usse Cognac VSOP
3/4 ounce Campari
3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
1/2 ounce Orange Juice


Stir with ice and garnish with orange peel.

Listen it to while hearing about the oldest case the team has talked about to date on Martinis & Murder, the Borden Family Murders. Was Lizzie Borden involved, or a scapegoat? You also “get to” hear Matt the Bartender give a hardcore rendition of the Lizzie Borden children’s rhyme, and I use the phrase “get to” loosely because it will haunt your dreams.


To hear more about Negroni Week, check out the Another Shot episode from earlier this week, and go to to find participating bars.

[Video: Emily Spada]

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