209. Italians Do It Better - ‘After Dark 2’ + Cardinal

Italians Do It Better - ‘After Dark 2’ + Cardinal 

Ingredients: 1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce dry vermouth, lemon twist for garnish.

Mixing Instructions: Shake ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

Notes: There’s something refreshing about a label that has cracked the code on their niche aesthetic and unapologetically camps out there while grinding out groove after mouth-watering groove.  After Dark 2, the italo disco/synth pop compilation from Italians Do It Better, is the much-anticipated follow up to After Dark, released in 2007.  Featuring Chromatics, Glass Candy, Symmetry and others, producer Johnny Jewel takes listeners on a journey into a European club…a discoteca if you will.  I spent four months in Italy one summer and the effortless coolness of the nightlife is exhilarating and contagious…this album took me back to that.  Mix a Cardinal, a slight variation on the Negroni, and let yourself welcome the wee hours of the night with one of the best albums of 2013. 

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