Want to make a bartender smile inside? Order a Negroni.

The Negroni is a universally loved drink of those who tend bar. But why?

The secret lies in the myriad of variations possible in a drink that only has three parts. By switching the gin or sweet vermouth you use, the drink can change splendidly.

The one thing that cannot be changed in a Negroni, is the Campari. Without Campari, a Negroni simply isn’t a Negroni.

So where did this fine concoction originate?

The Negroni was first developed in 1919 in Florence, Italy. A customer had just come back to Italy from working as a rodeo clown in the American Wild West. He had developed a taste for a stiff drink, so he asked the bartender for a stronger version of an Americano (1 part vermouth, 1 part Campari, topped with soda).

The bartender switched out the soda for gin, and the resulting drink bears the name of the patron: Count Camillo Negroni.

Since the glorious day when the Negroni was born under the Tuscan sun, it has made its way around the world and seen many variations: barrel aging after mixing; slushy, Negroni ice cones; swapping out the sweet vermouth for dry; topping with sparkling wine – the possibilities are infinite.

So what would one do in order to enjoy one of Count Negroni’s fine creations at home? It’s quite simple:

  • Choose your favourite gin
  • Choose your favourite sweet vermouth
  • Grab some Campari

Start mixing, and you’re off to the races!

Here is a simple recipe for one of my favourite variations: 

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Eau Claire Parlour Gin

Add equal parts into a mixing glass. Add ice. Stir. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and add an orange twist.

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