3 cl of gin
3 cl of bitter
3 cl of sweet vermouth
The simplicity of the Negroni cocktail is disarming: 1/3 of gin, 1/3 of bitter, and 1/3 of sweet vermouth. In a mix of a few simple ingredients, you can find a magical beverage, where the astringent flavor of bitter blends perfectly with the pungent aroma of the gin. The sweet vermouth is the classic cherry on the cake and adds a little bit of sweetness.
Not surprisingly, the Negroni is an Americano cocktail where soda is replaced by a good dose of gin and shares its bitter nature, ideal as an aperitif but perfect to accompany spicy dishes, fish tacos, or fried chicken.
The Negroni is a stylish, neat cocktail, but it is one of the most straightforward drinks to prepare: you can build it in the glass, adding some ice and an orange slice. That’s all: it’s the perfect aperitivo.
But why is it still a top-notch cocktail sipped all over the world?
The answer is simple: the perfect balance that blends and interweaves together sweetens bitterness and the mysterious flavor of gin.
Negroni’s cocktail history
It is named after count Camillo Negroni, who, at coffee Casoni in Florence, used to drink as an aperitif an Americano “reinforced” with a good dose of gin. And so, to differentiate the drink of the count, the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, replaced the lemon peel with a slice of orange.
Ingredients of the Negroni cocktail
When to drink it
Pre-dinner, all-day cocktail, but be careful: Negroni is one of the best cocktails for a fancy aperitif, but its alcohol content is very high.
How to prepare the perfect Negroni
It’s prepared directly in the glass. Put some ice in a tumbler, cool the glass, drain the water, pour all the ingredients, and stir gently.
Garnish with an orange slice.
To play down the impact of the bitterness, or if you prefer a lighter cocktail, or to make a summer tonic, you can add some soda water.
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Negroni food pairings
Recommended dishes: baked pasta, stuffed veal, seared tuna steak, fish balls, hamburger with Gorgonzola, walnuts, and bacon, parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara, paella mixta.