For this week’s cocktail of the week, we took inspiration from a recent Italian themed dinner party we had. There are a plethora of Italian cocktails that we could have tried, but the Negroni was the one cocktail neither of us had sampled before and thought it would be giving it a try, especially as it used up some of the red Vermouth we have!
The Negroni has a link to Italian nobility through Count Camilo Negroni. It was reportedly first mixed in Florence in 1919 where the Count asked his bartender to boost his favourite cocktail the Americano. His bartender, Fosco Scarselli, replaced the soda water in the Americano with gin and gave it an orange garnish to distinguish it as a different drink. Given that the family started producing a ready made version of the drink in 1919, it is possible that this story is a little bit of a corporate myth. On the other hand, if it is true, it is a good start to how most cocktails are made, by experimentation.
For this week’s cocktail, you will need:
- 1 measure of gin
- 1 measure of sweet red vermouth
- 1 measure of Campari
- One orange for garnish
To make the cocktail, take a tumbler or old fashioned style glass and add the ice. Pour in the gin, red vermouth and Campari over the ice. Stir the mix and add the orange for the garnish and there you have the cocktail of the week, the Negroni.
The cocktail has a very dry, bitter taste and probably needed more ice than we added. However, as Orsen Wells stated when he came across the drink “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other”, we will take that as a sign that we made it correctly.