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Priya Kaila’s Lost Souls Cocktail

Priya Kaila


Calgary, A.B

Lost Souls is a white rosé negroni that pays homage to both my Indian heritage and the Italian restaurant for which I have the privilege of making cocktails. I always joke that indians and Italians are the same people, so this feels very homey to me. It’s a softer take on the negroni. When I drink it, I feel like I’m getting a whisper of my grandmother’s perfume. Although bitter, as a negroni should be, it’s deeply crushable — and a little dangerous. Perfect for day-drinking during the holiday season with family — or people who make you feel like family.

Lost Souls


  • 1 oz dry gin (preferably Mattei Corsica Dry Gin)
  • 1 Luxardo Bitter Bianco
  • 1/2 oz rosé apertif (preferably Hotel Starlino)
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth (preferably Poli Gran Bassano Bianco)


  • lemon zest


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir briefly. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Express lemon zest over top.

Portrait by Aven Lee. Cocktail by Priya Kaila.

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