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In order to celebrate this iconic drink, and to champion Negroni Week and all it stands for, I will be releasing a cocktail video everyday next week, each with a different Negroni theme.  So what do we know about the Negroni...

There are numerous stories related to the origin of the Negroni cocktail, however it seems that all roads lead back to one central figure, Count Camillo Negroni.  There even seems to be some debate as to whether he was actually in fact a Count or that perhaps it was more of an honorary title he bestowed upon himself, but what is clear is that we owe him a debt of gratitude for being involved in the creation of one of the greatest cocktails ever made.

The drink itself is the evolution of a previously popular cocktail the Americano (formerly known as a Milano-Torino after the two main ingredients Campari (of Milan) and Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth (of Turin) - finished with a splash of soda as the third and final ingredient).  The story goes that Count Camillo Negroni needed a drink with a little more bite, and so one evening in 1919 at the Casoni Bar (later renamed Caffe Giacosa) in Milan bartender Fosco Scarselli added gin instead of soda and the Negroni was born.  

For the full story read Gary Regan's incredible book The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce VIta.

Breakfast Negroni

A fantastic mash-up of the Negroni and the Breakfast Martini from Dublin bartender Ger Cullen.  The subtle dryness of the tea-infused gin with the sweetness of the marmalade is just outstanding!

  • 2 Teaspoons Orange Marmalade
  • 30ml Tea-Infused Gin
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitter
  • Stirred and garnished with an orange zest

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

Kula Negroni

An incredible take on the Negroni by the delightful Julie Reiner.  Bringing the sweet edge of strawberries to the bitter of Campari in this drink is absolute genius!

  • 30ml Strawberry-Infused Campari (Recipe see below)
  • 30ml Cinzano Bianco Vermouth
  • 30ml London Dry Gin
  • Stirred and garnished with an orange zest and a strawberry.

Strawberry-Infused Campari:

Wash and destem 2 pints (24oz) of fresh strawberries
Place them in a mason jar (or similar air-tight container)
Pour in a bottle of Campari
Seal the jar and leave for 3-5 days
Strain the liquid to remove the fruit
Pour into a Sterilised bottle (or back into the original Campari bottle) until required

White Negroni Daiquiri

A stunning drink created by Mary White of Lobo Plantation, Sydney. 

A brilliant fusion of flavours, bringing the bitter elements of the White Negroni and introducing Bacardi, fresh lemon juice and sugar into the mix.  Seriously a must try!

  • 30ml Bacardi
  • 15ml Suze
  • 15ml Lillet Blanc
  • 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 3 Dashes of Orange Bitters
  • Shaken and garnished with a lemon zest.

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

Paper Tiger

A cracking riff on a Negroni using Kraken spiced dark rum, created by Lachlan Makenzie of Vancouver.

  • 60ml Kraken Spiced Dark Rum
  • 30ml Campari
  • 20ml Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
  • Stirred and garnished with an orange zest

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

Jalisco Stroll

Created by Eric Gigers and featured in the recipe portfolio of Imbibe Magazine for Negroni Week.

  • 30ml Blanco Tequila
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml Dry Vermouth
  • 4 Drops of Saline Solution
  • Stirred and garnished with a lemon zest.

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

Stiletta Negroni

Phil Ward wondered what would happen if he threw Campari and star anise together, "I was like, wow, could those two tyrants actually coexist?" Phil recalls.  We should be thankful he give it a go because this cocktail is fantastic, thanks Phil!

  • Blanco Tequila 45ml
  • Martini Rosso 30ml
  • Star Anise Infused Campari 30ml
  • Stirred and garnished with a star anise pod

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

White Negroni

Invented by my old mate Wayne Collins and this is yet more testimony to his genius, I love this drink.

  • Gin 60ml
  • Lillet Blanc 30ml
  • Suze 22.5ml
  • Stirred and garnished with a lemon zest.

Caricature Cocktail

A sentimental favourite of mine.  Created by my late friend Gaz Regan for the truly wonderful Jill DeGroff.  I urge you to try this for yourself as I love the subtlety of the flavours and the inclusion of grapefruit is a masterstroke.

  • 45ml Gin
  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 15ml Campari
  • 15ml Martini Rosso
  • 15ml Grapefruit Juice
  • Shaken and garnished with an orange zest

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

Boulevardier

Effectively a Bourbon Negroni this incredible recipe was created by Harry McElhone (Of Harry's New York Bar, Paris fame) and printed in his 1927 publication "Barflies and Cocktails".  Created for fellow American ex-pat Erskine Gwynne, the founder of The Boulevardier Magazine, a monthly Parisian publication which by it's own estimation was "the best read before, between and after cocktails".

  • 35ml Bourbon
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • Stirred and garnished with an orange zest

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

Negroni Sbagliato

So the story goes that Mirko Stocchetti created this drink by mistake (sbagliato in Italian actually means 'mistake') by grabbing a bottle of Prosecco instead of gin when making a Negroni at Bar Basso in Milan.  I wish my mistakes were so good!

  • 35ml Campari
  • 35ml Martini Rosso
  • 35ml Prosecco (but don't worry if you go over a little!)
  • Pour the ingredients over ice and garnish with an orange zest

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

The Negroni

The cocktail that started all of this hoopla in the first place.  It's often said the the Negroni is every bartenders second favourite drink.  We always have something new we're championing but time and time again we head back to the tried and trusted combination of gin, Campari and sweet Vermouth.  Three ingredients, one legendary cocktail.

  • 25ml London Dry Gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • Stirred and garnished with an orange zest

To watch my video on how to make it for yourself simply follow this link:

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