The Negroni is a classic cocktail that was first created in Florence, Italy at a place called Caffe Casoni and dates back to 1919. The negroni stems from another classic lower ABV cocktail called an Americano. The Americano is Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. The tale is that an Italian Count, by the last name Negroni, requested that his bartender strengthen his previously favorite cocktail the Americano. The bartender, obliging the request, decided to do so by removing the club soda and replacing it with Gin. Being all equal parts, and having components that are bitter and components that are sweet, the Negroni does a beautiful job at walking a very fine line between those two opposing tastes and strikes a harmonized balance.
It has become such a popular cocktail that it has actually made way to Negroni Week. 2020’s Negroni week was first scheduled to be the week that this is being posted, June 1st - 7th. However, due to the global issues that have arisen during the beginning of 2020, it has been rescheduled for September 14th - 20th.
Although it is a fairly simple cocktail, due to its overwhelming popularity, there have been many variations created by bartenders all over the world. Some are simpler variations and stay closer to the traditional components and specifications. Others are more complex and introduce different components.
- 1 ounce Gin
- 1 Ounce Campari
- 1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
- Garnish With Orange Peel
- Place all ingredients into your cocktail mixing glass and add ice
- Stir until adequately chilled and diluted
- Strain over ice into an old fashioned rocks glass (optional: you can also serve it up by omitting ice and straining it into a chilled coupe, nick and nora, or martini glass
- Lastly, garnish with an orange peel.