6 years ago Dan De Oliveira and I began a tradition here in Chicago that lasted 3 years: The Beefeater Gin Boat Cruise.

We turned some classic cocktails into frozen drinks and created some originals. Frozen Beefeater Gin Gimlets, Frozen Gin Lemon Ices, Frozen Aviations, Frozen Gin and Bitter Lemon.

While we intended to make a frozen Negroni for the cruise, we opted for making a Summer Negroni which was a tall drink that included Grapefruit Cordial and Club Soda. The addition of the citrus and acid of the grapefruit with the dilution of the club soda made this a refreshing summer long drink.

Bar Boss Blender

But this works so well as a frozen drink with these ingredients that I wanted to share this for Negroni week 2016 and the upcoming summer.

One thing about blender/frozen drinks is that the base ingredients need to be concentrated and not diluted in any way. This helps them stand up to the ice that they are blended with. This is where the grapefruit cordial/syrup really shines. It is concentrated and can bring all the spirits along with for the ride. It also balances the bittersweetness of the Negroni with citrus and acid, something I have always found the Negroni missing.


You also need to have the right balance of ice to mixer. Too much ice and it becomes snow and weak, too little ice and it becomes watery with ice floating. I find that for this recipe 1.5 pint glasses full of ice works perfectly. Adjust for more. I also find making one to be blender overkill. Make at least two at a time.

Gin, Campari, Grapefruit Cordial



Quality London Dry Gin


Quality Sweet Vermouth

Grapefruit Cordial

Club Soda

Fresh Grapefruit


Ice and Grapefruit Negroni




2 Drinks

4 oz Beefeater 24 or Beefeater

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

2 oz Grapefruit Cordial

Two Iced 10 oz Rocks Glasses


Add Negroni mixture above to rocks glasses completely filled with ice.

Pour contents into blender

Cover blender.

Blend until smooth.

Pour back into rocks glass or coupe or wine goblet.

Grapefruit peel garnish.

Compostable Straw or stirrer




My line of citrus cordials began 2 years ago with a need to replace Rose’s Lime Juice in my Gimlet Cocktails with a quality Lime Cordial. After searching for recipes to no avail and experimenting by the seat of my pants, I have a Lime Cordial…and Lemon and Grapefruit that are what I want in my drinks. They are all hand crafted and natural. No preservatives or chemicals. Non alcoholic. No added water. No coloring. Just pressed citrus, cane sugar and citrus zest in my proprietary method.

2 oz Beefeater Gin
.5 oz Appel’s Lime Cordial
Hard shake or stir. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or on the rocks. 
Lime wheel garnish optional
2 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
1 oz Appel’s Grapefruit Cordial
Club Soda
Large Cubed Ice if possible
16 oz Glass
In a shaker tin chill the Grapefruit Cordial and Gin. Strain into highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda. Mix gently with an iced tea spoon pulling from bottom to top . Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Splash of Campari optional


2 oz Tanqueray Gin
.75 oz PIMM’S
 Brunoise cut of hot house cucumber (2 slices about 1/8 inch thick, then brunoised)

Hard shake. Strain over fresh iced rocks glass.