Introducing Pennsylvania Kitchen at Home: Fidel Gastro’s Mezcal Negroni

We’re so excited to launch our new series: Pennsylvania Kitchen at Home!

This is an extension of our video series, Pennsylvania Kitchen, which brings in guests from all across the state to share their passion for PA food and drink. Because we aren’t currently able to invite culinary pros into our studio and test kitchen in Lancaster, we thought we’d ask local food folks to bring us into their own home kitchens and share recipes, DIY tips, shortcuts and more. We hope this will not only help keep our community connected, but also lend us all a hand as we’re suddenly faced with a lot more home cooking. Even if you love to cook (which we do), the prospect of making all of your meals — and, um, drinks — from home can be a little overwhelming. Some advice from the professionals seems like just the thing to keep us feeling confident and inspired!

**We are currently calling for any interested chefs/makers/bartenders/business owners to reach out to be a part of this new series! If you’re interested in being part of this new PA Eats project, please email [email protected].**

To kick things off, we’ve got a cocktail from Fidel Gastro, whom you might know as Marcos Espinoza of Side Project Jerky. He’s shared with us the method for making a Mezcal Negroni, appropriately boozy to help take the edge off during these strange times. This riff on the classic Italian apertivo has a smoky, intense edge that we think you’ll love! The recipe is super-simple, calling for three equal parts mezcal, sweet vermouth and Campari, stirred together over ice and garnished with an orange twist. If you don’t have mezcal at home, tequila will do in a pinch.

Stir up one for happy hour (it works great as a batched cocktail, too), and let us know what you think!

  • Video and photo: Marcos Espinoza