One of my favourite pre-dinner drinks is the classic Negroni. The perfect combination of sweetness, spice, and alcoholic kick are a great way to kick off an evening of friends and food. Read on to find out what I love about the Negroni.
History of the Negroni
Apparently the Negroni’s origins are unknown, the tale that I like however is that it was first mixed all the way back in 1919 at Caffè Casoni in Florence, Italy. The story goes that Count Camillo Negroni concocted it by asking the bartender to give a bit of a kick to his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by switching out the soda water for gin. Whether there’s any truth to the story or not the resulting mix was a stroke of genius.
The normal ratio for a Negroni is 1:1:1 making it a very simple one to remember. I have adjusted the ratios a bit to make it a more gin forward as the Campari can be very dominating. The Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is one of my favourites in their range being significantly spicier; this really helps to cut through the strong flavours of the Campari. With additional hints of cloves and oranges it shows the boys at FP really thought about what they were doing when coming up with a perfect gin for a Negroni. The Maidenii Sweet Vermouth uses Cabernet from central Victoria as a base and then adds local botanicals. This vermouth pulls the drink together beautifully. There is really no excuse to skimp in this area, buy a bottle. Now read on to DIY your own perfect Negroni.
The D&L Negroni:
Fill a jug or cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, vermouth and Campari and stir for about a minute.
Add a single good sized block of ice to your pre-chilled D&L Gin Glass (I keep mine in the freezer).
Strain the booze into your glass. Add your choice of garnish, either an orange or lemon slice works but an orange is more authentic. Take a step back and bask in the glory of one of the most delicious drinks you will ever consume.