The Negroni turns 100 this year. It’s time to celebrate by mixing up a few of these drinks. We’re here to bring you this classic Negroni recipe so you can play bartender at home while pretending you’re in Italy.
The Negroni has a soft spot in my heart (and has created a hard spot in my liver). The night before our wedding in Florence, Italy, our good friend Justin took us to the Firenze bar that gave birth to this lovely aperitif.
I’m often accused of liking the “pink drinks” when it comes to cocktails. I suppose that’s a knock on my masculinity. But offer the accuser a sip of Campari and their knees buckle at the bitterness. (sidenote: I tried Campari and soda every year for 10 years before I decided I liked it).
A compromise to the bitter Campari and soda is the Negroni. This is an easy recipe to remember as it is only equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The vermouth offsets the bitterness of the Campari, while the gin lightens (and fortifies) this wonderful beverage. If you don’t have an orange slice, try a lime wedge, it makes all the difference.
- 2 oz gin
- 2 oz campari
- 2 oz sweet vermouth
- slice of orange or wedge of lime
- Pour into a lowball glass filled with ice. Stir and finish with a slice of orange or lime.