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Cocktail of the Week: Polka Dot Negroni

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that’s a little more...hmmm. What’s the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content. Please drink responsibly.

We're seeing spots! The Polka Dot Negroni is a simple cocktail of vermouth, aperitif and gin, accented with a sweet cherry. This is a stronger drink with subtle flavors, so it’s only for the hardcore — can you handle it?


  • 1.5 oz. vermouth
  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 1.5 oz. aperitif
  • Maraschino cherry


  1. In a shaker add ice and equal parts aperitif, vermouth, and gin
  2. Shake
  3. Pour into an old fashioned glass
  4. Add one cherry to the middle of the drink