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A Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail that is traditionally served as an aperitivo – a pre-dinner drink.
The Negroni has been causing a stir for ages y’all. It is after all meant to be stirred so I suppose that’s a-okay it’s causing a stir.
Said to have originated in Florence, Italy as a twist to the Americano cocktail. The Negroni is an aperitivo which means that it is meant to be enjoyed prior to dinner to stimulate the appetite. You don’t even need to be a mixologist to pull this cocktail together. 3 ingredients are all you need to stir up this classic drink plus an orange peel garnish.
WHAT IS A NEGRONI?
(the following contains affiliate links. I earn from qualifying purchases). A Negroni is made of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. It is served in a rocks glass over ICE and garnished with an orange peel.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE A CLASSIC NEGRONI COCKTAIL ?
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this drink plus an orange peel garnish.
- Campari – a liqueur, obtained by infusing herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. It is a bitters, characterized by its dark red color.
- SWEET vermouth – Sweet vermouth typically comes from Italy. It is as the name suggests, sweet, but also spiced and herbal.
TIP: For the ORANGE PEEL GARNISH use a vegetable peeler to render thin cuts from the aromatic peel layer of the orange.
WHICH GIN SHOULD I USE?
Juniper-led London Dry style gins work best. You want to look you’re for something that will stand up to the strong, bitter flavors of Campari, as well as the herbal vermouth.
WHAT VERMOUTH IS BEST?
Look for a red, sweet, Italian-style vermouth, preferably with enough spice to hold up against the Campari.
MORE DELICIOUS DRINKS TO TRY
If you’re feeling inspired by this classic Negroni recipe, you’ll love these other drink recipes:
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce Campari
- orange slice to garnish
- Into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes add: gin, vermouth, campari. Stir until chilled.
- Strain mixture into a rocks glass with ice cube.
- Garnish with orange slice.
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