Doug Derrick at Nostrana rotated 12 Negroni variations through his menu over the past year, with a different interpretation of the drink for each month; he says the Continental was his favorite. Cynar, a bitter liqueur flavored with artichokes and other botanicals, substitutes for the classic Campari, and its hearty earthiness is offset by the subtle sweetness of Dolin Blanc vermouth.
1-1/2 ounces Plymouth gin 3/4 ounce Cynar 1/2 ounce Dolin Blanc vermouth Ice Thin slice of lemon zest, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist the lemon zest over the drink, using it as garnish.