The Negroni cocktail may be one of the simplest drinks to make, yet its flavor profile is profound. As the sun sets, this rosy, slightly bitter libation helps to prepare your body to receive the evening meal and wind down the day. With 3 equal parts, it’s also easily batchable for hosting guests.
THE NEGRONI RECIPE
- 1 oz Gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- Several Dashes Orange Bitters
Fill your mixing glass with ice, and combine equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth (1 oz each). Then, add several dashes of Embitterment Orange Bitters.
Stir for 30 seconds, or until the drink is well mixed and chilled. Then, strain the contents into a coupe glass or a rocks glass with a single large cube.
VARIATIONS ON THE NEGRONI
The Americano is another classic cocktail made with Campari. With a splash of soda water and equal parts Campari and Sweet Vermouth, this effervescent sipper is revered as the inspiration for the Negroni. It is believed that the Negroni was first mixed when Count Camillo Negroni ordered an Americano Cocktail with Gin, instead of soda water.
Another popular take on the Negroni is the Boulevardier cocktail. One of the most recognizable variations of the Negroni, the Boulevardier Cocktail simply replaces gin with whiskey (Bourbon or rye). Holding true to the simplicity of the Negroni recipe, a Boulevardier cocktail can be made with 3 equal parts of Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and your favorite Bourbon.
The Negroni cocktail is traditionally garnished with an orange peel. However, an extra layer of depth can be added to the Negroni’s flavor profile by floating a few dashes of orange bitters on the top of this cocktail – enhancing your drink with a fragrant pop to accompany each sip.