How sad the world would be without the Negroni! This is the ideal aperitif perking up the appetite and stimulating the mind to later cocktail or wine options as well as cuisine. Its fruity, citrus tinged, and semi-tart flavors offer the perfect transition from work mode to pleasure.
This classic cocktail comes complete with a classic cocktail story. As the tale goes, Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, Italy invented the cocktail in 1919 at Cafe Casoni. Count Negroni asked the bartender to alter the Americano (Campari & Sweet Vermouth with soda) by swapping Gin for the soda. As they say, the rest is history.
Regardless if this story is fact or fiction, the cocktail is greatly refreshing and is an ideal aperitif anytime of the year.
1 1/2 oz. Gin
1 1/2 oz. Campari
1 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
The Negroni is welcomed any time of the year. I find it best as the opening salvo as it stimulates the mind and palate.
Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker and stir to combine. Strain into a large rocks glass nearly filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel or orange slices. These days I do see bartenders serving this drink strained in a cocktail glass but this is a drink that should really be served over ice.
Variations abound but I'm not a fan of messing with the perfect balance of the classic Negroni. The only variation I do enjoy is to replace London Dry Gin with Genever occasionally to shake things up.