In the panorama of classic cocktails, the Negroni holds a special place, loved for its simplicity, elegance, and the perfect balance of its ingredients. The Negroni’s origin is as colorful as its appearance. It dates back to the early 20th century in Florence, Italy. Over the decades, the Negroni has evolved, inspiring numerous variations. Bartenders around the world have experimented with different gins, vermouths, and even replacing Campari with other bitters. However, today we’re keeping it simple and mixing up the original!
Although there have been several new variations of the Negroni developed throughout the years, the original is known to be a gin-based cocktail. Typically, gin is redolent with juniper berries, offering a piney, slightly spicy note. Depending on the brand, you might detect hints of citrus, coriander, and other aromatic botanicals. Personally, I love Bombay Sapphire as it’s known for its citrusy notes, but, if you prefer a more pine-heavy tasting experience, I recommend opting for a brand like Tanqueray. Since this is a recipe with such minimal ingredients, its best to pick out the right brand for you!
Next, we have a staple ingredient in the mixology world: sweet vermouth. Vermouth, a fortified wine infused with herbs and spices, adds a sweet, herbal quality. It balances the gin’s sharpness with notes of wormwood, and depending on the vermouth, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, or even caramel can be present. This sweet, aromatic liquor gives the Negroni its smooth and slightly syrupy mouthfeel!
The soul of the Negroni, Campari, is a bitter liqueur with a vibrant red hue. It’s known for its intense bitterness, derived from the infusion of herbs and fruit. Campari’s taste is a complex mix of bitter orange, cherry, clove, and a hint of earthiness. It’s this component that gives the Negroni its characteristic bitter edge and its alluring color.
Step 1: In a rocks glass, place in a large ice cube.
Step 2: Pour in all ingredients into the glass. Stir to combine.
Step 3: Twist the orange peel over the glass to express its oils, then drop it into the glass as a garnish.
So here’s to the Negroni – a classic, a legend, and a perennial favorite. Whether enjoyed in a cozy home setting or a bustling bar, it remains a testament to the art of cocktail making and a beloved staple in the world of mixology.
Cheers to a timeless classic!