Take a step back in time and try this Negroni. Made with simple ingredients, this smooth citrus libation is perfect for sipping whenever the mood strikes!
A well-mixed Negroni cocktail is the perfect aperitif pre-dinner drink, said to help stimulate the appetite it’s the perfect start to any dinner party or relaxing evening in. This Negroni drink is full of history that takes you back to a different era. Italian in origin, a classic Negroni cocktail is strong and smooth with notes of citrus. In addition, pair it with something a little more sweet like my favorite Amaretto Sour for after dinner and you have the perfect beginning and end to your evening.
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This Negroni Cocktail inspires me to have a fun themed evening with friends and family. For instance, we make sure everyone gets gussied up for an evening full of laughs and conversation and most often there is an addition of a game, we’ve even tried a couple murder mysteries. Although, this drink packs a punch so while it’s certainly fun trying because of that they tend to go unsolved! I challenge you to have an evening suited for you and yours, introduce a new cocktail recipe and most importantly spend time with the ones you love. Next, I’d like you to take a moment and learn a little bit of the history behind the Negroni.
What’s in a Negroni?
Made with just three ingredients – gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, this libation is most definitely strong, but perfect for taking the edge off of a long day. Garnished with fresh orange rind, this cocktail has slight citrus notes complimenting the liquor perfectly.
According to the Gin Foundry, this cocktail was brought to life around 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni, who actually preferred to drink a classic Americano. At his frequent watering hole, the Caffe Casoni in Florence, Count Negroni asked is barkeep friend, to make his regular libation “a bit stronger.” The Count’s bartender then replaced the club soda in his Americano with sweet vermouth and instead of a lemon, an orange rind was added as a garnish. From here, the “Negroni” took off, and frequent patrons of the Caffe Casoni began asking for a Negroni cocktail on the regular.
Later that same year, because of the drinks’ fame, the Negroni family quickly jumped on an opportunity. They opened the Negroni Distillery where they produced a ready-made version being sold as Antico Negroni.
How to Make a Negroni
Should you not be able to make it to Florence anytime soon, you can make a delicious version of this drink right at home.
For this Negroni recipe, I used:
- Tanqueray Gin*
- Martini’s Sweet Vermouth
- Shake with ice and pour into a rock glass
- A slice or two of orange rind is the perfect bright orange garnish in this ruby red drink.
*Any other good quality gin can be used. Hendricks and Gin Mare are also good choices.
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Tools used for this Negroni Cocktail recipe
Cocktail Shaker: This shaker is a bartender’s best friend! Easy to use and the best way to mix up your favorite cocktails!
Rock Glasses: I’m a cocktail enthusiast and a great cocktail should be served in a quality glass. These rocks glasses have a great weight to them and the classic design will never go out of style.
Measuring Shot Glass: Make your cocktail fabulous every time with these measurement shot glasses. Each glass has ounces and teaspoon measurements printed on them so you know you’re pouring the right amount for each drink.
- 1 oz Gin good quality
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz Campari
- orange peel for garnish
- Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, vermouth and Campari. Stir to combine. Fill a rocks glass with ice, and strain the drink into the glass.
- Add a slice or two of orange peel for garnish. Enjoy right away while cold.
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