In recent years the Negroni has been a popular drink, with many bars creating their own variations.
The drink is a classic Italian aperitif, created to get the juices flowing before a meal, though in the UK we’ve grown accustomed to drinking them whenever we like.
The origins of the Negroni is unknown, but it is believed the cocktail was first served in Florence, Italy, in the early 1900s at a cafè for Count Camillo Negroni, who asked for his Americano to be strengthened.
An Americano is a long drink made with equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth, topped with soda. The clever bartender then apparently ditched the soda and added gin in its place, to which we’re truly thankful for.
However, pre-made versions of the Negroni cocktail can be found on many supermarket shelves, but it’s so simple to make, there’s no need to waste money on them.
Just three ingredients, a simple garnish and a quick stir if you want. There is much debate surrounding whether the ingredients need stirring at all, with some bartenders taking the recipe to extremes by stirring each ingredient separately before constructing the cocktail.
That said, we say keep it simple and you won’t go far wrong. There’s nothing worse than making a meal out of a drink that is perfect the way it is. Just pour, stir, garnish and serve.
Variations of the drink include the Boulevardier, which replaces the gin with whiskey; the Old Pal, which uses a dry vermouth and a Canadian rye whiskey; or the White Negroni, which is made with gin, Lillet blanc and Suze.