With bold colors of red and orange, the Negroni is one of the most beautiful cocktails. Created in Florence, Italy around 1919, the Negroni cocktail was named after Count Camillo Negroni who wanted an Americano cocktail with a little more kick. The Americano recipe was modified by substituting gin for club soda, and lucky for all of us gin lovers, was the birth of the Negroni.
The recipe for the classic Italian cocktail, the Negroni is standardized and set by the International Bartenders Association (the IBA). As an official IBA cocktail recipe, the Negroni you order in Tokyo should taste exactly like the Negroni you would order in London. Basically, no matter where you order it, a Negroni is a Negroni, is a Negroni.
The recipe is simple, equal parts Gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth served on the rocks, garnished with an orange peel.
However, there are a gazillion variations on the Negroni Cocktail floating around out there, and although they may be cool and excellent cocktails, once modified the drink is technically no longer a Negroni. This is interesting and a little ironic, and the reason for the irony is that the Negroni Cocktail was created by modifying another cocktail standardized by the IBA, the Americano.
Shake or Stir a Negroni?
The question really is, should you shake or stir gin? Why did Bond always ask for his Martini shaken not stirred? Easy, 007 was drinking a Vodka Martini, not a Gin Martini. The Negroni, much like a Gin Martini should never be shaken.
Shaking gin will cause it to aerate and ‘bruise’ the gin, giving it a slightly off flavor, destroying some of the subtle nuances and changing the flavor profile. Gently stir and you’ll be rewarded with a much more enjoyable cocktail, cheers mate!
Here is the Negroni recipe:
- 1 1/2 Ounces Gin
- 1 1/2 Ounces Campari
- 1 1/2 Ounces Sweet Vermouth
- Orange Twist
- Add all the ingredients in an Old-Fashioned glass filled with ice
- Stir briefly
- Garnish with an orange twist
Here is the Americano recipe:
- 1 ½ Ounce Campari
- 1 ½ Ounce Sweet Vermouth
- Splash of Soda Water
- Orange slice and lemon twist as garnish
-Pour the Campari and Sweet Vermouth over ice in a highball glass
-Add a splash of soda
-Garnish with an orange slice and a lemon twist