Spiaggia in Chicago makes a great Negroni. They brought me two, one freshly prepared and another made the day before and aged overnight. Our server said it was to illustrate the difference aging makes. Like many thngs the aged cocktail was much smoother with flavors more nuanced than the fresh, bold one. Dinner was off to a great start.
A Little History
The Negroni is an Italian cocktail, invented circa 1919. Count Camillo Negroni is credited with its invention, when he asked for gin instead of soda water for his americano.
A negroni is a true aperitivo, designed to stimulate your appetite before dinner. Campari liqueur is a major component of this cocktail and true to its nature imparts a distinctly bitter component. It’s softened by the vermouth rosso and the gin but it’s not a beginners’ cocktail. Also like many things it’s an acquired taste that can become addictive one sip at a time.
- 1 oz each: Gin, Vermouth Rosso and Campari
- Orange peel or orange slice
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled halfway with ice
- Stir until well chilled
- Strain into an old fashioned rocks glass
- Rub the rim and garnish with the orange peel