We recently produced a Classic Cocktails and Dinner event at Gene & Georgetti's Chicago location, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Negroni, and teaching guests how to craft it themselves.
Created in Florence circa 1919 at Bar Casoni, upon request of Nobleman Count Camillo Negroni (a story still disputed to this day), the Negroni is the quintessential Italian cocktail that has stood the test of time.
An equal parts cocktail where the Gin-Vermouth pairing complements the bold flavor of bitters, enjoy the Negroni or one of its many inspirations as a perfect summer sipper:
Gin, Amaro, Sweet Vermouth (classic)
Over ice, pour equal parts gin, sweet or semi-sweet vermouth, and Amaro or Campari bitters. Stir, and garnish with a thin orange peel, which you can also run across the rim of your glass for an extra citrusy finish. Serve, and enjoy!
For a fresh twist on the classic:
Swap the gin for soda water (Actually older than the Negroni itself. Also the first cocktail ever mentioned in the James Bond novels.)
Broken Negroni (aka Sbagliato)
Swap the gin for prosecco (In 1972 at Bar Basso in Milan, sparkling wine was added to a Negroni by mistake. A spin-off favorite ever since.)
Swap the gin for bourbon (The bittersweet interplay between Amaro and Vermouth
remain, but the bourbon changes the storyline.)
Add lemon, sugar, and soda (A delicious, refreshing, and lighter twist on the classic.)
Photos courtesy of David Turner Photography