the gentleman's drink: the negroni


You gotta love this drink. It’s awesome. And so easy to make. But first, we must learn.  

The story goes that a certain Count Negroni asked an Italian bartender to amp up his Americano by substituting gin for club soda. To make it more manly, as it were. The illustrious Count then proceeded to introduce his drink to all his friends, thereby making the drink quite popular. Is this story true? Almost certainly not. But it’s a great story! 

According to Gary Reagan, the first printed recipe for the drinks appears in 1955, quite a long time from our hard drinking Count. 

The negroni is however, one of the worlds greatest drinks, the go to for many a hardened palate. It is made with equal parts London dry gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. The secret here is balance, so don’t go mucking around with the proportions too much.  Unlesss you really want to, then by all means go for it. I would recommend messing with the gin or the vermouth. Or a try an Amaro. Maybe a dash of bitters. Maybe throw it in a barrel and age it. Hmmmm. I’m going to go do that right now. But first, this is the standard recipe. 


1 part* London Dry Gin (I used Sipsmiths) 

1 part Campari

1 part Sweet (red) Vermouth

Method; Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a wide orange zest, with the oils expressed over the drink.

 * A note on a part: this measurement equals anything you want it to be. It could be a jigger, a glass, or a double decker bus. Just make sure all parts are equal.

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