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Stanley Tucci's famous Negroni gets a special twist

Breeanna Hare, CNNPublished 25th February 2021
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Editor's Note — You can watch all six episodes of season one of "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" right now on CNNgo. And if you're hungry for more, Tucci is coming back with an all-new season starting Sunday, March 13, at 9 p.m. ET. Tune in to watch as he tries hearty, traditional dishes in Umbria, the unique cuisine of Venice, and more.
The actor and cookbook author nearly broke the internet last spring when he shared his spin on the classic drink.
But while filming his CNN series "Searching for Italy," Tucci tried another intoxicating idea: elevating his now-famous Negroni with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
The popular ingredient hails from Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, located in the northern part of the country. "The nature of the region's grapes led to the happy accident of balsamic vinegar," Tucci explains in "Searching for Italy."
"Low in tannins and quick to ferment, they turn more easily into vinegar than fine wine."
After sampling balsamic vinegar in Modena, Tucci mixed some of the local "black gold" into a happy hour cocktail.
Not a lot, mind you -- just a teaspoon will do. But the twist of adding the sweet and tangy vinegar makes for a drink so delicious you'll want alone time to savor it in peace.
To try this at home, add a fair amount of ice to a cocktail shaker. You'll need gin -- two shots, please -- sweet vermouth, Campari and a quality bottle of traditional balsamic vinegar.
See how Tucci shakes it all up in the "Searching for Italy" bonus scene above. Tucci squeezes a few drops of juice from an orange slice into the drink and then places the slice in a martini glass (you can also use a coupe glass).