Our respectful nod to Negroni Week
Here’s the recipe for this very simple Italian classic cocktail:
- 1 part (ounce, for example) Ke Gin
- 1 part Campari
- 1 part Sweet Vermouth
Pour all three parts over ice in a shaker. Shake or stir until it’s duly mixed up. Pour that over ice in a highball glass and garnish with an orange peel, section or wheel.
Here’s the history of the Negroni from Wikipedia on Negroni:
While the drink’s origins are unknown, the most widely reported account is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni, ex Caffè Giacosa, now called Caffè Cavalli. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni Family founded Negroni Distillerie in Treviso, Italy, and produced a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni 1919. One of the earliest reports of the drink came from Orson Welles in correspondence with the Coshocton Tribune while working in Rome on Cagliostro in 1947, where he described a new drink called the Negroni, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
We just think it’s really tasty and hits the spot when the timing is right. So enjoy.