It is officially Negroni Week. (yes- that’s a real thing- you can read all about it) In keeping with the spirit of all things Italian around here, I thought I would share the recipe for this classic Italian aperitif. Read on to see how to make a classic Negroni.
Although equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, the shining star in a Negroni is Campari. Bright red in color, it is considered a bitters and is made from herbs, spices and fruit. It is both bitter and sweet in taste, and its robust flavor is not for everyone. If you find it a touch too bitter for you, simply adjust the ratios to your liking.
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce Gin (I recommend a London dry gin)
- 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a twisted orange peel.*
*The best Negroni I ever had was made with burnt orange peel- it’s easy to do and really brings out the aroma of the essential oil. If you’re feeling fancy, try it out. (instructions here)
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