Confessions of a Mixologist: Negroni

If you’re not familiar with this classic cocktail, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
 
According to imbibe and Campari, the official Negroni Week is June 2nd to the 8th, but we won’t tell anyone if you decide to drink a few of these any other day of the year. Recipe after the jump!
 

Negroni

 

Negroni

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Deaths Door Gin
1.5 oz Campari
1.5 oz Carpano Antica
 

Simple Steps:
Built in double old fashioned glass over large rock. Garnish with an orange peel.

 

Stop into one of our Tasting Rooms or try it at home and let us know what you think! Check out some of our other cocktails.

2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Mixologist: Negroni

  1. I have great reservations regarding the person known as Count Camillo Negroni for several reasons:

    1. In our family genealogical records going back to the 11th century, there no one by the name of Count Camillo (Sources: Authier, Michel et Alain Galbrun, Etat de la Noblesse Francaise Subsistance, 1940-1993, pp. 153-160; Cere, Luigi Arturo, Storia dell’illustra famiglia genovese dei Negroni, Genes, 1927; Negroni, Francois Marquis de, de Negroni de San Colombano Family Archives: Negroni, Roch Pascal Marie Cyr Marquis de, Histoire de l’Ancienne Seigneurie de San Colombano ou Capo Corso et de Capraia, Imp. Lavalloise, Laval (Mayenne), 1896, 311 pages: Pazzis, Henry de Seguins Pazzis d’Aubignam Marquis de, Genealogie de la Famille Negroni et ses Alliances, 1980, 315 page manuscript prepared as one of the requirements to become a Knight of Malta; Negroni, Hector Andres, 1938-
    The Negroni family : genealogical, demographic, and
    nobiliary study from its 11th century origins to its
    20th century branches in Italy, France, and Puerto Rico
    Madison, AL : H.A. Negroni, [1998], 149 pages : ill., maps ; 28 cm, Library of Congress Control Number: 98119631

    2. The paper back book by Luca Picchi, Sulle tracce del conte. La vera storia del cocktail «Negroni» is nothing more than a marketing pamphlet to promote visits to Mr. Picchi’s bar in Florence.

    3. Despite numerous requests, Mr. Picchi has nor provided our family with birth, death or genealogical information on “Count Camillo Negroni.” As a result, we can only conclude that “Count Camillo is a result of Mr Picchi’s fertile imagination.

    On the other hand, to support our thesis, we can provide ample genealogical information on General Pascal Olivier Comte de Negroni. He was real person with real accomplishments. Tell me what you need and I will provide the information for your examination and evaluation. Additionally, there was a newspaper reference to Pascal’s invention of the Negroni cocktail (Source: “Corse Matin Sunday Edition,” 2 February 1980).

    As an amicable resolution to this issue I recommend that we place both theories being equal in value and let the readers make up their mind.

    I can also provide you with my CV if you desire.

    Respectfully,

    Colonel (USAF-Retired) Hector Andres Negroni

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