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Negroni

The current rockstar of the cocktail world the Negroni also happens to be one of the easiest drinks for the home bartender to make.

Method

Build

Glass

Rocks

Category

Gin

Ingredients

25ml Gin
25ml Campari
25ml Sweet Vermouth

How to Make

Fill a rocks glass with ice and add all ingredients. Stir five times to enable dilution.

Garnish

Dehydrated Orange Wheel

History

The Negroni has had a major renaissance over the last few years and is one of the most talked about cocktails in popular culture. Not bad for a three ingredient, built cocktail from the early 1900’s. There is even a Negroni Week that celebrates this rock start cocktail.

The Negroni is one of the greatest examples of playing simple but getting incredibly complex results. The flavour profile is one that is sweet and refreshing but with a robust bitter undertone and is the perfect tonic for a summer afternoon, watching the world go by in an Italian café.

So the legend tells of a mysterious Florentine, Count Camillo Negroni, who in 1919 happened across the recipe for the Negroni cocktail. Based on another age old classic – The Americano – whose ingredients are very similar to the Negroni cocktail, made up of Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water (instead of gin).

It is said, Count Camillo asked his usual bartender at the Cassoni Café on the Via de’Tornabuoni to stiffen his Americano by replacing the soda with gin. The bartender, Fosco Scarselli, also took it upon himself to replace the lemon with orange and the Negroni was born.

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