I also subscribe to if it ain't broke don't fix it.
But then I stumbled across the Boulevardier - a spin on Negroni by Harry MacElhone of Harry's Bar in Paris-fame - and reconsidered. (Update: Or maybe a cocktail in it's own right see comments for debate)
Not least because Negroni Sbagliato is a wonderful summer interpretation of the original.
The verdict: Boulevardier is a wonderful first-Sunday-in-Spring-pre-lunch cocktail.
- 4 cl bourbon
- 2 cl Campari
- 2 cl sweet vermouth - I used Dolin Rouge
Stir the three ingredients with ice and strain into particularly pretty cocktail glass as it sparkles like a jewel. Garnish with lemon.
And just a word of warning: This is a powerful apertif, so you better have the next meal on the horizon before mixing a Boulevardier.