The Negroni

This cocktail is said to have been created in Florence, Italy in 1919 at the request of one Count Camillo Negroni. The story goes that the bartender serving Count Negroni took the Americano cocktail, which was popular at the time, and replaced its club soda with gin while keeping the proportions of the Italian vermouth and Campari intact. The result is the Negroni: a clean, yet bold cocktail whose combination of vermouth and Campari bitters make for a very complex taste.

There’s an understanding about Campari that a drinker has to try the bitters three times before actually liking the taste. This was definitely true for me, since the taste permeates and stays in the mouth well after you’re done drinking, but the complexity of Campari is extremely appealing. When enjoying the Negroni, I’d suggest taking sips and letting the drink sit on your tongue before swallowing…this way you’ll get the full effect of the bitter and vermouth pairing, and you’ll allow yourself to explore the complexity of the cocktail while adjusting to the bitters. Here’s how to make it:

1.5 oz. gin
1.5 oz. sweet vermouth
1.5 oz. Campari
Orange peel

The Ingredients

Build the liquid ingredients in an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Stir briefly and add the orange peel.

The Negroni

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2 Responses to “The Negroni”

  1. Erica says:

    we will ignore the ugly picture of Nancy Pelosi in the upper corner…we dont want to give readers nightmares

  2. Andrew says:

    Yeah, just don’t pay that any mind…focus on the drink!