The Perfect Negroni

Ingredients:

30 ml Campari

30 ml sweet (rosso) vermouth

50 ml gin

1 orange peel to garnish

Add the Campari, vermouth and gin to a large tumbler half-filled with ice cubes, and stir to combine. Garnish with orange and serve.

Note For extra points, rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass

The Negroni: festive in colour, herbal in aroma, citrusy in taste and absolutely perfect for summer afternoon drinking.

The story goes, Count Camillo Negroni, asked his bartender to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano by adding gin rather than normal sodawater. The Bartender then added an orange garnish rather than your typical lemon to signify a different drink. And so, on that fateful afternoon in Florence 1919, the Negroni was born in Caffè Cavalli (which is still there by the way)

The negroni is one of those drinks that isn’t meant to disguise the  flavors, but to celebrate them. Campari’s medicinal orange character is tamed by the aromatic sweet vermouth, and the gin shoots through that unlikely pair like sunlight through slated blinds. That’s why we recommend using really good local gin (West Winds or Four Pillars) to get the most out of the drink.

 At our spirits in the Hall event last month, the guys from Starward Whisky gave us their own take on the Negroni, they prescribe a shot of whisky, a shot of Aperol (Campari’s more relaxed little brother) and a shot of cizano rosso. Come in and give it a whirl today!