[:it]History and technique of one of the most famous cocktails of all time: the Negroni[:]


One of the most iconic cocktails in the history of international mixology is undoubtedly the Negroni, but where did this drink come from, perfect for an aperitif but increasingly appreciated even after dinner?

The name derives from its creator, Count Camillo Negroni, who used to order an Americano as an aperitif at Caffè Casoni in Florence, adding a good dose of gin. The barman of the place, Fosco Scarselli, thus began to differentiate the Conte's aperitif from the others by replacing the lemon peel with the typical orange peel which still adorns the edge of the Negroni glass today.

Thus was born the myth of a cocktail that is now famous throughout the world and which, despite what one might think, is very complex to make. Not so much because of the recipe but because of the rather delicate balance between the ingredients, which makes it not by chance one of the bartenders' favorites as well as a sort of testing ground for those new to the profession.

In fact, it is enough to make a mistake in the dosage of just one ingredient to give rise to a cocktail that is not necessarily unpleasant but certainly not faithful to the original recipe, compromising its charm and above all its balance.


If you want to try your hand at making a perfect Negroni, here is the recipe:


1/3 gin

1/3 Campari bitters

1/3 of Vermouth


With the birth of several Gin distilleries also along the country, today the Negroni is a cocktail that can be made entirely with Italian ingredients, but pay attention to the choice of the raw material, since the diversity of the botanicals can alter the olfactory and gustatory notes of the drink, creating nuances different from the original ones. However, this danger can constitute a wide range of possibilities for inventing variations on the theme, even if only hinted at, whose charm lies precisely in the craftsmanship of the chosen spirit.

Now let's see the implementation.  

The Negroni must be prepared directly in the glass, you start by placing ice in it and adding the ingredients one at a time. Mix with the spoon, the classic long wand that you see in every bartender's hand. To finish, garnish with a slice of orange and... enjoy your aperitif!



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