There is so much love for this drink that an entire week is dedicated to it, with participation from restaurants and bars around the world.

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Home Bar: The Negroni, a Drink For Every Occasion

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It’s believed that Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to stiffen up an Americano cocktail (comprised of soda water, sweet vermouth, and campari) with a swap of gin instead of soda water way back in Italy in 1919.

Since then, the Negroni has become the perfect mixed drink for any occasion — a sublime balance of sweet, bitter, and spirit. Order it at a fancy cocktail bar or a dingy dive bar. Sip it before dinner as an aperitif, or after dinner to ease digestion.

There is so much love for this drink that an entire week is dedicated to it, with participation from restaurants and bars around the world. With such a simple recipe of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, the drink is really hard to mess up. However, I’m going to suggest a version based on my personal taste. Feel free to adjust, but expect 1:1:1 at most bars.

Glass

Old-fashioned glass or just a plain old tumbler

Recipe:

1.5 oz gin (I recommend Beefeater)
.75 oz sweet vermouth (I recommend Carpano Antica)
.75 oz orange bitter liqueur (Campari, accept no substitutions unless you’re seeking variation)
Orange peel garnish

Combine all ingredients in the glass. Add a couple of ice cubes (I recommend using Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays to make your ice). Stir until chilled (10 seconds, at least). Take one strip of orange peel and gently squeeze  it over the drink to release the oils. Then, rub the peel around the rim of the glass and drop it into the drink for garnish. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a flamed peel (see video).

Photography and styling by Hannah Simon.

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Posted by Jeffrey Levy

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Jeffrey is on a never-ending quest to find the next addition to his home bar. By night, he shakes and stirs as the founding partner of cocktail consulting company JW Hawthorne. By day, he runs a health care software company. Follow him @jfflvy on Twitter.

  • Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir.com

    This has been my cocktail of choice lately! Was just introduced late last winter. It is stiff, but I love its notable hints of orange. What current song would you pair it with for summer?

  • http://hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com/ Eileen

    I haven’t had a good negroni in far too long! Well, guess what’s probably going to happen this evening? :)

  • http://jwhawthorne.co/ Jeffrey Levy

    Grace, you’ve found a taste for the best cocktail around. You can play with the ratios on this drink depending on your taste. I always tell everyone to start with equal parts and then adjust for your preference of sweet, bitter, and spirit.

    Living in San Francisco, summer is often just a state of mind, so my music choice is more focused on the Italian roots of the drink. My choice would go back to 2011: Rome by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi. It has the cinematic feel of classic Italian Spaghetti Westerns. If I had to pick just one song, I’d go with Two Against One featuring Jack White. Enjoy!

  • http://jwhawthorne.co/ Jeffrey Levy

    I just made this a few days ago and I’m already feeling like it’s been too long! Did you go with the classic recipe of equal parts?

  • http://honestlyyum.com/ HonestlyYUM

    Love me a good Negroni…or four 😉

  • http://jwhawthorne.co/ Jeffrey Levy

    Do you ever explore variations? A drop of saline solution, Boulevardier, Kingston Negroni, etc?

  • http://www.dessertfortwo.com/ DessertForTwo

    This is my go-to drink. I discovered it a few years ago, and haven’t looked back. I think you have to be one of those people that loves bitter flavors though. So, if you love radicchio, endive, etc, you’ll love it. I didn’t know there was an entire week dedicated to it–yay!

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