This week, we’re joining bars, clubs and cocktail fans all over the world for Negroni Week, celebrating 100 years of a classic cocktail. Originating from Italy, the Negroni is traditionally made from one-part gin, one-part vermouth, one-part campari and garnished with an orange peel. It’s said that the drink was first mixed in Florence in 1919 at Caffè Casoni when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender to strengthen his favourite drink (the Americano) by adding gin rather that soda water.
25ml Sweet Vermouth
1 Fresh Orange Peel
As with many popular cocktails, there is often debate as to how the drink should be made. For a classic Negroni cocktail, many will say it’s not meant to be mixed or shaken. Simply add ice in an old-fashioned style tumbler, pour each ingredient on top, stir ever so slightly and garnish with an orange peel. Alternatively, for those who prefer their drink thoroughly mixed, combine the ingredients in a separate mixing glass with ice, stir until the outside of the glass is cold and strain into a chilled or iced filled tumbler.
The Perfect Glass:
With so many options available, the glass is often one of the most overlooked aspects of a cocktail and choosing the right one will enhance the experience and taste of a drink. The tumbler is an ideal choice for stronger cocktails with minimal mixers. Its strong base can be used to muddle fresh ingredients and unlike the coned cocktail glass, the tumbler also allows for ease of mixing and the addition of ice. If you fancy giving the Negroni a try, the Royal Brierley Harris Tumbler is the perfect glass to accompany this classic cocktail. Made of luxury weight clear crystal and hand decorated with sweeping cuts, it is a standout piece and looks striking against the bright red of this timeless cocktail. The Kilda tumbler is also another fantastic choice and sports a rounded profile which makes it a joy to both hold and drink from.
We love to see how you enjoy your Negroni cocktail this week! Let us know what your favourite cocktail variations are and don’t forget to tag any pictures using #mydartington