Cocktail Club: Negroni

The drink of the week is the Negroni. When I started serving at a nice, grown-up-lady restaurant instead of a place with baseball gloves nailed to the walls, one of the first fancy cocktails a customer asked me for was a Negroni.

I had no idea what she was saying.

I wrote the name down phonetically and tried my best to repeat it back to the bartender so he could tell me what the heck it was she wanted.

This was how I learned the basics of what goes into most major cocktails.  

It turns out that Negronis are super simple to make. All you have to do is stir over ice equal parts gin, Campari, and red vermouth (1oz of each), garnish with an orange peel and serve!

That is the classic, traditional recipe, but if you (like me) don't enjoy a very bitter drink you can adjust the quantities as follows:

  • 1.5oz gin
  • 3/4oz vermouth
  • 0.5 oz campari

I like to mix all my drinks with ice in a cocktail shaker so they get super cold and then serve them over fresh ice, but you could always sir these babies right in the glass if you want to keep it simple!

If you’re like me and aren’t a big fan of gin, don’t worry. Gin is probably the only alcohol that I really don’t like, but when it’s all mixed into a nice cocktail it’s really a whole different story. Give it a try and let me know what you think!