Negroni is a classic cocktail of Italian origin. It is said to have been created in Florence, Italy in the early 20th century by Count Camillo Negroni. The story goes that the Count ordered a stronger version of his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by replacing the soda water with gin. This simple modification gave birth to the Negroni we know today.
Negroni is a timeless cocktail famous for its perfect balance between bitter and sweet flavors. It is often enjoyed as an aperitif. Whether sipping it while socializing with friends or pairing it with an appetizer, Negroni’s distinctive flavor makes it an iconic choice.
Negroni Week is an annual event held in bars around the world, dedicated to this beloved cocktail. During this week, bartenders often add their unique twist to the classic Negroni recipe, resulting in creative variations that honor its enduring popularity.
Negroni Cocktail Recipe
- Mixing Glass
- Stirring Spoon
- Old Fashioned Glass
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- Orange Peel for garnish
- Measure out 45 ml (1.5 oz) of gin, 30 ml (1 oz) of Campari, and 30 ml (1 oz) of sweet vermouth.1.5 oz Gin, 1 oz Campari, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- Add ice to an Old Fashioned glass.Ice
- Pour the prepared ingredients over the ice.
- Stir the cocktail gently using a stirring spoon.
- Garnish with a large peel of orange.Orange Peel
- Serve and enjoy your preferred Negroni recipe.
Pro Tips for Success:
- Experiment with different gins and vermouths to find your preferred flavor profile.
- Stir the Negroni for the right time to balance bitterness and dilution.
- Use a large peel of orange for a citrusy aroma that complements the cocktail's flavors.
Nutrition (per serving):The Negroni cocktail typically contains approximately 180-200 calories, depending on the specific brands and proportions of ingredients used.
Why do bartenders like Negronis?
The Negroni is an iconic drink that dates back to the early 20th century, holding a special place in the history of mixing.
The Negroni’s ability to deliver a sophisticated flavor experience with just three ingredients has made it so popular that it allows bartenders many opportunities to hone their skills and perfect their technique.
In addition, bartenders can experiment with different gins and vermouths, creating unique flavors that each have their own style.
Ultimately Negroni represents the bridge between tradition and innovation, making it an inherited legacy in the bartending world.
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Why don’t you shake a Negroni?
A Negroni is typically stirred rather than shaken for several key reasons:
- Stirring allows for precise control over the dilution of the cocktail. Bartenders can control how much water is added, ensuring the drink reaches the desired level of dilution without becoming overly watery.
- Stirring gently combines the ingredients while maintaining the clarity and appearance of the cocktail. Shaking can introduce tiny air bubbles and cloudiness due to the forceful agitation.
- Stirring results in a smoother, silkier texture, which is ideal for a Negroni. Shaking tends to produce a frothy and aerated texture, which may not be desirable for this cocktail’s character.
- Shaking can be quite aggressive and may over-dilute or “bruise” the delicate botanicals in the gin and vermouth, potentially altering their flavors.
- The Negroni is a classic cocktail with a long history of being stirred, so maintaining this tradition is often considered important in cocktail preparation.
It’s just a matter of personal preference, but the traditional method of stirring is favored for this iconic cocktail.
What does ordering a Negroni say about you?
Ordering a glass of Negroni shows that you are bold and adventurous. Its unique flavor blend demonstrates your open-mindedness and willingness to explore new trends and experiences. You have a refined taste and style through your favorite variations. In addition, you are also knowledgeable and love old things.
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