The Negroni is a classic cocktail featuring Campari front-and-center, along with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, resulting in a spirit-forward drink with a strongly bitter profile. It’s typically either built in an Old-Fashioned glass on the rocks, or stirred and served up in a cocktail or coupe glass. A London dry gin typically balances the other flavors best, and be sure to use a good sweet vermouth like Carpano Antica or Noilly Prat.
The Negroni was probably invented around 1905 by one Count Count Camillo Negroni, an Italian noble who had abandoned his home country for the adventure of the American Wild West. Upon returning to Florence after decades of hard living, he ordered an Americano cocktail—Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water—but instead of the traditional soda, he requested a measure of gin for a bit more kick. There’s some controversy surrounding the history of the Negroni, though, and it certainly makes for a hell of a tale.
|1 oz gin|
|1 oz Campari|
|1 oz sweet vermouth|
|Orange twist for garnish|
Preparation: How to make a Negroni
- Stir over ice and strain into an Old-Fashioned glass with a single, large ice cube (alternatively, strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass).
- Garnish with an orange twist.