There are different stories about where and by whom Negroni was first found. The most well-known and expressed one is that Negroni originated in Florence, Italy.
According to the story, a Count named Camillo Negroni orders an Americano, one of his favorite cocktails, at the Bar Casoni in the early 20th century, but asks the bartender to make his cocktail a little stronger. The Americano, also known as Milan-Torino, is a cocktail consisting of a mixture of Vermouth and soda. The bartender fulfills Count Negroni's request by adding Gin to this mix instead of soda. Thus the Negroni was born and the cocktail was named after the Count himself.
I think the best description of Negroni is made by Matt Hranek in his book “The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail”. He refers to Negroni as "Simple complexity". A classic that is simple in content, but so complex in character...
- 30 ml Gin (Preferably London Dry)
- 30 ml of Campari
- 30 ml sweet Vermouth
- Garnish: Orange peel
- Put the Gin, Campari and sweet Vermouth in the Mixing glass in the specified quantities with plenty of ice.
- Stir for about 20-30 seconds with a stirrer (or any stir stick).
- With the help of a strainer, separate the ice and pour your drink into the glass.
- Garnish with orange peel.
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