Head over to Italy to find the roots of the Negroni gin cocktail.
This gin cocktail is as bitter as my personality, but much more delicious. Rumor has it that a certain Italian gentleman, a certain Count Camillo Negroni, ordered his favorite cocktail, the Americano. But not really – he wanted gin instead of soda, and an orange garnish instead of lemon.
And the Negroni was born.
This is not a cocktail for the sweet lovers out there, it’s pungent and strong and hailed as the world’s best apéritif. The apéritif is a drink designed to consume before a meal, to stimulate the appetite, and are traditionally dry.
- 1 part Gin
- 1 part Campari
- 1 part Vermouth Use the sweet or semi-sweet red Vermouth here.
- 1 Orange slice
- Gather your liquid ingredients into a cocktail stirring glass. Save the orange for snacking and garnishing.
- Add ice and stir. So far, so simple.
- Strain into a rocks glass over some fresh ice.
- Add your orange wedge garnish.
Play with your Negroni!
You have every reason in the world to mix up the Negroni gin cocktail at home to your taste. Like really – this drink is not for everyone, so experiment a bit.
- Change your liquor. Keep the gin (OF COURSE) but switch the Campari out for something else. Like Suze, Jägermeister, or even something like tequila. Remember that this drink is seriously harsh, so you may want add a softer liquor.
- Change your Vermouth. No need to go dry if you crave a little less bitter. Sweet Vermouth is just fine here, too.
- Change your Negroni’s garnish. Really. Orange can be replaced with cherry, grapefruit (?), lemon, or any other citrus you have in the pantry.