A Classic, Negroni Cocktail

Published ~ September 15th, 2020 | Updated ~ March 28th, 2021
Author ~ Carl Busch
Tags ~ Gin | Campari | Sweet Vermouth |

If I asked you to name the top three most asked-for cocktails, what would you guess? Old fashioned, martini, maybe a gin & tonic. You're a smart person. I know this because you're looking at cocktail recipes on Alcemix. So, you can probably see where I am going with that question.

In 2018 Drinks International did a poll, and the Negroni is 2nd most popular cocktail worldwide. There is a chance you might not have even heard of the Negroni, but it's true. Maybe you have heard of it and didn't realize that popular.

I didn't know what a Negroni was until 2 years after I bartending at Winifred's. I had a couple come in and eat at the bar. They wanted their drink as an aperitif. I'm sure I had a puzzled look on my face because I had no idea what they were talking about.

So, I asked if they knew the recipe. Unfortunately, I don't remember the recipe they taught me, but I am almost 100 percent certain that their formula is not the one you will find here. That was probably one of the many variations of the classic recipe. Sometime down the road, we will write a post about different interpretations of the Negroni.

But for today, we will stick with the classic Negroni recipe for Italy's #1 selling beverage, wine excluded, of course.

The Classic Negroni Recipe

This classic only takes a couple minutes to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Blaum Brothers Gin
  • 1 oz Dolin sweet vermouth
campari
blaum brothers gin
dolin sweet vermouth

Instructions

  1. Combine Capmpari, gin, and sweet vermouth in mixing glass
  2. Fill with ice
  3. Stir for 25 to 30 seconds
  4. Strain over ice in a large rocks glass
  5. Garnish with an orange twist

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A Finished Negroni Cocktail Recipe

A Week for the Service Industry

I found this week an appropriate time to talk about this cocktail.  Because it's Negroni Week, and you know what that means! It's time to sit back and enjoy happy hour with this classic. What is Negroni Week, you ask?

Every year, Imbibe Magazine and Campari host Negroni Week as a charity event. This is a global occasion with hundreds to thousands of venues, bars, and restaurants participating.

This year, Negroni Week is raising money for people in the hospitality industry who have lost wages because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you've never had or heard of the drink, don't worry, you're not alone. But it's up to you to rectify that situation. And, Negroni Week is the perfect time with this year's digital event. You don't even need to leave your home.

Negronis are simple enough to make, containing equal parts of gin, bitter orange liqueur, and vermouth. But, it's essential to make sure the flavor profiles of each of the parts match. That's why I've given you my choice of spirits for the drink.

Boozy and Balanced Cocktail

When you want a refreshing beverage that is boozy and balanced, a Negroni has been the way to go since 1919. That is the year Count Camillo Negroni is said to have ordered his modification to another classic cocktail, the Americano.

So, this Count walks into a bar in Florence, Italy, and says, "I want an Americano, but instead of soda water, use gin." At least that's how I picture him ordering it. He must have had a bad day.

He must have been on to something, though, because what he came up with was a delicious libation year-round. Some prefer a Negroni as an aperitif; some prefer to knock them back during happy hour or enjoy them on the patio. Though, I wouldn't encourage knocking them back.

This would be bold and possibly dangerous, considering the drink is equal parts of three different liquors and an orange peel. This here's a sippin' cocktail.

Despite the amount of liquor, which will absolutely lead to a boozy flavor, Negronis are well balanced. The combination of spirits is equally boozy, sweet, dry, and refreshing at the same time.

Don't ask me how it works. It just does. Maybe that's why the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Ernest Hemingway were fans of the drink. But, I don't know if Hemingway ever met a cocktail he wasn't a fan of.

So, go on and make a Negroni. Maybe donate to the Negroni Week cause if you feel so inclined. And don't forget to let us know what you think.

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