In the early 20th century, the Italian Count Camillo Negroni demanded that the bartender strengthen his favorite cocktail, the American by replacing the usual soda water with gin. The bartender added an orange peel instead of a lemon and this classic Italian drink was born in a Florence bar.
It is such a popular drink that it has its own week #negroniweek to celebrate it. And this drink has inspired bartenders across the world to experiments with thousands of different recipes over its 100-year-old history.
I am sharing the recipe for the original classic. Use equal parts gin, vermouth, and Campari to create the perfect balance, and choose the best quality gin you can find.
It’s strong and packs quite the punch.
Salute xxx MM
- 1-ounce gin
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1-ounce sweet vermouth
- Garnish: orange peel
Add the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with an orange peel.