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Grab the Campari, Negroni Season Has Arrived

As the blossom blooms, parks become desirable lunch spots and the tube becomes hotter than the filling of a McDonald’s apple pie –  it isn’t by chance that the classic, humble Negroni has seen such a resurgence in popularity of late. Served over a huge chunk of ice and garnished with a sliver of orange rind, it’s the perfect summer drink. Bitter and aromatic, a classic Negroni is the perfect appetite-building aperitif.

Allegedly first created in Florence, Italy almost 100 years ago, legend insists that the drink’s initial concoction was ordered by Count Camillo Negroni – requesting gin, instead of soda water, to strengthen his favourite cocktail; the Americano. Typically made with equal parts gin: red vermouth: Campari, the first two components may vary, though it’s the iconic Milanese spirit, Campari, that must remain constant.

To make matters even easier, Campari’s pre-mixed Negroni RTE is now available from British supermarket giants Tesco and Waitrose. Simply add ice, stir vigorously for at least 30 seconds and garnish with a classic orange rind or a slice of the fruit, containing the flesh. A sprig of fresh, bruised rosemary (although un-traditional) is a fitting accompaniment, too. With an alcohol content of 26%, the pre-mixed Negroni comprises equal measures of Campari (of course) with sweet red vermouth from Cinzano, plus a London dry gin from a ‘secret’ distillery. Nothing beats an expertly mixed Negroni with a subjective gin preference for each drinker, yet the pre-mixed bottle isn’t only convenient, it’s ideal for concocting a lazy drink at the end of a long, hot summer’s day – without compromising on flavour.

Not a fan of the standard Negroni? Joe St Clair Ford of Soho member’s club Disrepute has shared a selection of recipes which feature various twists, as well as a classic recipe. Saluti!

Classic Negroni

Ingredients

25ml Campari

25ml Bulldog Gin

25ml Cinzano 1757 Rosso

Method

Stir over ice and pour into a large rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with an Orange Wedge and zest with a small piece of peel.


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Boulevardier

Ingredients

25ml Campari

25ml Wild Turkey 101

25ml Cinzano 1757 Rosso

Method

Stir over ice and pour into a large rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with an Orange Wedge and zest with a small piece of peel. You can adjust the spec by increasing the Bourbon and serve it straight up like a Manhattan for a great after dinner nightcap.


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Sbagliato

“The ‘Mistaken Negroni’ was created by accident at Bar Basso in Milan when the bartender mistakenly grabbed the Prosecco and added it instead of gin and thus inventing a fresh, lighter twist on the classic.”

Ingredients

25ml Campari

25ml Cinzano 1757 Rosso

Top with Prosecco

Method

Stir the Campari and Vermouth in a large rocks glass with ice and then top with Prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice.

Campari’s pre-mixed Negroni is available from Tesco and Waitrose, RRP £19.00.

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