Earlier this year I partnered with Campari and Trish Nicol Agency to promote Negroni Week– a great cause where participating venues around the globe donate $1 from every Negroni sold to their charity of choice.
Never one to shy away from cocktails for a cause, I thought I’d share with you how to make this timeless drink at home. The Negroni is an Italian classic, typically served as an apéritif (that’s a pre-meal tipple), however I’m a huge fan of sipping one one of these babies on a Saturday afternoon whilst reading the paper in my home’s sunroom. In a nutshell, any ol’ time will do.
The Nergoni only has three ingredients, all of which are spirits. For those not so familiar with booze-forward drinks (like an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan), they can be a little daunting. The trick however is to use quality liquor and to dilute the drink properly by stirring before serving.
You will need:
- 1 fl oz (30 ml) gin
- 1 fl oz (30 ml) sweet vermouth
- 1 fl oz (30 ml) Campari
- Ice and orange to serve
Fill a rock glass with ice and top with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Using a bar spoon stir for 15 seconds, garnish with a wedge of orange and serve immediately.
It’s totally unconventional, however I tend to add a touch more sweet vermouth to the drink, as I think it creates a slightly richer, rounder taste. The fun thing about making cocktails at home is that you can make your drinks however you damn please. 😉
Play around with garnishes. In this case I used a pink grapefruit wedge more a more bitter twist. The more traditional garnish is a slice of orange peel, flamed with a lighter and dropped into the cocktail. Find what works best for you.