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Some might consider the love of hand-made, intricate wooden puzzle boxes to be old fashioned. I adore new tech as much as I love the old school craft, so you could hardly call me a Luddite, but I’d like to appreciate one now, the Luddite’s Mill by Thomas Cummings. The box features a special kind of spinning triangle, known as a “Reuleaux”, which presents a nice opportunity for a “spin” on a classic three-part cocktail.

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The Negroni is one of those acquired taste cocktails that can set you apart from the vodka martini crowd if you want to act pretentious and impress your friends. It may be obvious by the number of Negroni variations I’ve featured on these pages, but I love them. It’s just so easy to play with the basic formula, and the classic proportions are equal parts for all three ingredients, so pretty much any measuring device or container will do. For the “Reuleaux Negroni” I really pushed the envelope – anchoring it with a base of mezcal and adding a few unusual items. For the vermouth, I used Cocchi Americano, a crisp and citrusy aperitif with flavors of cinchona (quinine) and for the amaro I used Meletti, a lesser known alternative to Campari. Meletti is unique as an amaro due to the prominent use of saffron in its flavor profile, and it is often described as caramel-y or chocolate-y. I love the bright orange notes as well. It really shines in this combination, but if you don’t have Meletti try Campari or Aperol instead. Stir things up and let the good times reuleaux! Cheers!

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Let the Good Times Reuleaux

1 oz Mezcal

1 oz Cocchi Americano

1 oz Meletti Amaro

Stir with ice to blend and dilute, then strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a generous expressed orange peel and let the wheels in your brain start spinning.


For the full article and to learn more about this fascinating box see:

Boxes and Booze: Let the Good Times Reuleaux


For more Negroni variations see:

Fine Creations

Triple Play

Puzzled by Love