Negroni Week – all year long.
The Negroni is perhaps more popular today than it was when it was invented over a hundred years ago in a small Italian bar. We love it for its simplicity, just 3 spirits in equal parts. One bitter, one sweet, and one base. And while simple in the number of ingredients – it is most definitely not a simple drink. Each of the spirits plays an important role in the complexity and depth of the cocktail, so the quality of each is paramount. Depending on your choice for each, the resulting flavors can vary wildly! The gin-based classic can be juniper-forward if using a London Dry or lightly botanical if using a modern style. Warmly bitter if using Campari or orangey-sweet if using Aperol as the bitter component. And when you consider that every vermouth recipe is a closely guarded family recipe – it makes sense that the resulting flavors will vary depending on which you use. Change the base liquor and the sky’s the limit (use Bourbon and it becomes a Boulevardier). Mezcal and Tequila are incredibly good here, too. Simple? No way. Classic? Absolutely.
It's hard to keep this drink to just one week. So here are a few of our favorite versions to enjoy all year long.
Mix 1oz each of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and stir until well chilled.
Pour into either a lowball with fresh ice or up in a cocktail coupe.
The Classic Negroni
Hard to beat the original.