Paid partnership with CPJ Ltd, Martini and The Botanist Gin
One should always learn about classic cocktails to build a foundation in mixology. The legend of this drink goes that in 1919, Count Camilo Negroni wanted his Americano to be stronger and the bartender at Bar Cassoni in Florence happily obliged by switching gin for soda water and it became his go-to drink. Other customers began to request his cocktail, thus the Negroni was born. Well…that’s the romantic version. Since then, cocktail historians as well as another Corsican branch of the Negroni family have disputed this saying he simply did not exist. Some say the origin was a drink called the ‘camparinete’ while others state that it was the “Campari Mixte” whose ingredients and ratio are the same. Regardless, this dry and bitter cocktail has stood the test of time. In my twist, I used Martini red bitters versus the original Campari.
- 30ml/ 1 oz The Botanist gin
- 30ml / 1 oz Martini red bitters
- 30ml / 1 oz Martini rosso vermouth
- Orange peel, for garnish
- Fill a mixing glass with ice and add gin, bitters and vermouth, stir until combined.
- Strain into a prepared glass with ice and garnish with an orange twist.
I personally prefer this version of the Negroni as I find it less bitter and my palate appreciates it more. In fact, I love it and regularly serve to friends as a pre dinner aperitif. This twist on the Negroni happened by accident in 1972, when Mirko Stocchetto the founder of Bar Basso in Milan mistakenly grabbed a bottle of spumante instead of gin. Today, the bar is owned by his son who continues his father’s legacy. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and imbibing there a few years ago, they are also famous for their glassware and the sbagliato is served in a special glass. I simply serve mine in sexy tumblers or stemless wine glasses.
- 30ml/ 1 oz Martini rosso vermouth
- 30ml/ 1 oz Martini red bitters
- 30ml Martini prosecco to top up
- Orange slice, dehydrated orange or orange peel, for garnish
- Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the sweet vermouth and red bitters. Mix well with a bar spoon.
- Strain in a prepared glass with ice and top with prosecco and garnish with an orange slice.
- Serve immediately
* You must be 21 years and older to drink. Please drink responsibly!