Today, NASA’s spacecraft will end it’s 20 year mission to Saturn by flying into the gas giant. To celebrate, I’ve created the Cassini Death Dive Cocktail in it’s honour!

After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration.


Cassini Huygens is named for Italian Astronomers Giovanni Cassini and Christiaan Huygens. I thought it only fitting to use an Italian base for the drink. The “Wrong Negroni” or¬†Negroni Sbagliato is often served as a punch with fresh fruit, but is essentially a classic Negroni topped with Prosecco. Prosecco is a great way to celebrate anything, ¬†and Bottega’s gold finish evokes Cassini’s heat protective wrap.

I wanted the drink to resemble the colour of Saturn more than the classic Negroni, so I’ve gone a with a bianco vermouth and used Kamm & Sons to add the bitterness instead of Campari.

Cassini Cocktail

The Cassini Death Dive Cocktail

  • 1oz (30ml) Gancia Bianco Vermouth
  • 1oz (30ml) Kamm & Sons
  • 1oz (30ml) Prairie Organic Gin
  • Top with 2oz (60ml) Bottega Gold Prosecco

Stir the first three ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled flute glass. Top with Prosecco and serve.

I chose to use an American gin as a nod to NASA – it only seemed fair!


Cassini Death Dive

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