The Negroni cocktail originates from Italy, although this is not 100% proven. It was invented by the Count Camillo Negroni, in Florence in 1919. He asked the bartender to make his usual and favorite cocktail, the Americano, by using Gin instead of soda water. The bartender, doing what he was told, prepared the drink and added his own touch. He replaced the lemon garnish of the original cocktail with an orange one and, there! The Negroni cocktail was born! Orson Welles, an actor, director, writer and producer, working in Rome in 1947 at Cagliostro (the film Black Magic), he referred to the drink with the following phrase: “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other”. The family of the Count founded Negroni Distillerie in Treviso, Italy and sold the ready-made version of the drink, Antico Negroni, in 1919. This cocktail is considered one of the greatest classic cocktails of all times and it is usually served as an apéritif in an old fashioned glass with ice. It is easy to make and the ingredients make a great and special combination. There are quite a few variations of the drink such as the Sbagliato, Americano, Contessa, Boulevardier, Old Pal, Mezcal Negroni, Pink Negroni and Amber Negroni.
How about we check the recipe of the original cocktail, though, to see what this is all about?
Why not?Let’s see!
- 30ml / 1 part Gin
- 30ml / 1 part red sweet Vermouth
- 30ml / 1 part Campari
- An orange peel (for the garnish)
Pour the Gin in a mixing glass, add the Vermouth and then the Campari. Put some ice in the glass and stir for a bit. Strain the mixture in a chilled old fashioned glass with ice, garnish with the orange peel and serve.