Weekend Pairing

“The Talented Mr. Ripley”
+ a Mezcal Negroni Cocktail

The Talented Mr. Ripley movie and a mezcal negroni cocktail

Just as more winter storms are due to hit much of the United States, one of my old favorites has come back to Netflix. What better time to relax with a film that features sailboat cruises on the Mediterranean, leisurely cocktail hours, midcentury style and the occasion unsolved murder? Plus, it'll soon be made into a show on Showtime starring Fleabag's Andrew Scott.

Based on the thrilling novel by Patricia Highsmith and produced during Miramax's heyday of the late 1990s, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a rip-roaring Italian travel postcard. If you haven't seen it, or it's been a while, the movie follows Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law), a consummate playboy living off his trust fund who unwittingly takes Tom Ripley (played by Matt Damon) under his wing. But Ripley is a sycophantic and sociopathic buddy who becomes dangerously obsessed with him.

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Mezcal Negroni Cocktail Recipe

What better to sip while wishing you were in Italy than a Negroni? But this richly layered variation, from Imbibe, swaps out the gin for a splash of smoky mezcal. The flame-charred flavors add a warm, winter depth to the Campari's sweetly bracing citrus tang. For added Italian flair, garnish with a spring of fresh rosemary (and use a kitchen torch to flame the leaves until they smoke).

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