Supposedly invented in 1919 by Count Negroni in Florence, Italy, the Negroni has become increasingly popular in the past decade along with a number of other classic cocktails. My first encounter with the negroni happened while I was bartending. A guest asked for one and I nervously rifled through the "cocktail recipe catalogue" in my mind and landed on the Negroni--3 ingredients in the golden ratio of 1-1-1 (all ingredients in equal parts). Simple, right? After placing the gorgeous, vibrantly red cocktail in front of my guest, I watched in anticipation for her reaction. "Perfect." And before I had even tasted my first negroni I was hooked.
And then I tasted one. Oh boy was there a lot going on in that first sip! It was all at once sweet, savory and crisp and had a lightly bitter backbone which made me want to go back for more immediately. As I kept sipping, I found that the drink was opening up and coming to life. First I noticed the the botanical notes from the gin, then the zing of cooked fruit from the Campari and then a wave of smooth herbaceous flavor from the sweet vermouth. To say the least, every sip made me feel as if I had a new drink as the ingredients continued to layer and weave themselves together. It was a wonderful experience. Such a wonderful experience, that I have since made the Negroni "my drink." I hope you'll give it a shot and have a similar experience to mine, if not though, I hope you'll find "your drink" sometime soon. Cheers!
Makes 1 drink
1 ounce Campari, an Italian liqueur
1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
- Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice. Gently stir for approximately 30 seconds. Strain and garnish with orange twist.