Negroni – a simple and refreshing Italian cocktail.
I’m on vacation this week visiting my parents in southern Ontario. It’s August, it’s hot and it’s humid. But because of this weather my mom can have a gorgeous garden with beautiful flowers. My favorite flowers in the world are roses.
My mom has the most beautiful roses and she takes great care of them. That’s one thing I did not inherit from her, is her green thumb.
I forgot how humid and hot it can actually get here. So what do you need when it’s hot and humid?
I haven’t had a cocktail recipe here in a while, so it’s time for one. Today’s cocktail is a Negroni. I just love the name of it. It’s an easy cocktail to make, and it’s similar to the Americano. Now you know I don’t drink often, but I do love my cocktails and I always love to try new cocktails.
According to Wikipedia, the origins of the Negroni are unknown but many believe it originated in Florence, Italy in 1919 at a cafe now called Caffe Cavalli. The story is that Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish.
And thus the Negroni was born!
- ¾ oz London dry gin
- ¾ oz Campari
- ¾ oz vermouth
- Pour all 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.