Negroni is a sophisticated apéritif featuring equal parts Gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Fairly modern, refreshingly bitter and so easy to make. It’s the perfect cocktail. Negroni is typically a stirred drink, but you can still put everything into a shaker and give it a little shake. The cocktail has enough sweet components to form a slight froth. Strain it over ice into a rocks glass (Old Fashioned glass) and enjoy.
As the story goes, a hundred years ago, Camillo Negroni, who was an Italian Count, went to his favorite cafe and asked for something stronger than his usual Americano (a mix of sweet vermouth, Campari, and soda). The bartender, Fosco Scarselly, put on gin instead of soda and added an orange garnish. And that is how Negroni was born.
On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) Gin.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) Campari.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) Sweet Vermouth.
- Orange twist or slice for garnish.
- Find a rocks glass (Old Fashioned glass) and fill it with ice.
- Add the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth.
- Stir well.
- Gently squeeze an orange peel (orange twist) over the glass and leave it inside as a garnish.
Some useful tips to improve your Negroni:
- Gin! You need a quality gin… The type of gin you would use to make your Martini with. Hendrik’s, Tanqueray, Monkey 47, Bombay, Beefeater. These are all excellent choices for your Negroni.
- Your sweet vermouth needs to be equal to the gin and Campari. Here are some suggestions – Dollin, Cocchi, 1757 Vermouth Di Torino Rosso, Carpano Antica.
- Fortified wine has a shelf life of 3 months once the bottle is open, so keep an eye on your vermouth.
- You can always build your Negroni in a mixing glass first and then strain it over ice into your glass. That will dilute the drink.