May
23
2014
By
of Valet.
 

The Negroni

It's the quintessential summer drink. The great Italian aperitivo. What James Bond mixes for himself in Thunderball. And like any proper gentleman's cocktail, the negroni is something of an acquired taste. The first sip, bracing and sharp, packs a punch. But as you drink (and the ice melts), it tends to mellow. Or maybe you do. Because you quickly begin to appreciate the subtle thirst-quenching contradictions of the citrusy bitterness, just sweet enough to be pleasantly refreshing. What's more, it's one the easiest cocktail you can make. You can even mix a big batch in a pitcher for a party. The proportions are the same. Simply combine one part Campari with one part gin—any'll do, but we prefer the earthy sweetness of Plymouth—with one part sweet vermouth. Then start sipping, because this is a drink that can't be guzzled. It forces you to slow down and enjoy yourself. Not a bad thing to keep in mind come summer.

 

The Recipe

Ingredients
 

1 oz. Campari

 

1 oz. Sweet vermouth

 

1 oz. Gin

 

Orange peel

Technique
1

Combine liquids in a mixing glass
with ice.

2

Stir for about a minute and strain into a rocks glass over ice.

3

Take your orange peel and express the oils over the drink, then toss it in.

 
 
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    The cocktail takes its name from Count Camillo Negroni, a freewheeling nobleman who, while drinking at Florence's Caffe Rivoire in 1919, decided the popular Americano—Campari, sweet vermouth and soda—just wasn't strong enough.
 

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