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Signature Cocktails- House Negroni

The Gerald's take on a classic
14 Mar

Signature Cocktails- House Negroni

Our House Negroni Cocktail Recipe

  • 1 oz Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
  • ½ oz Campari
  • ½ oz Punt e Mes

How we make it

Like the classic, we stir ingredients in a glass of ice and serve on the rocks in an old fashioned glass. Of course, we garnish with an orange peel, using the orange zest to provide a more pronounced hint of orange on first sip.

Why we like it

The introduction of the Bourbon Barreled Big Gin provides a hint of what a boulevardier (A Negroni using Bourbon instead of Gin) brings to the table and cutting the Campari in half and replacing with Punt e Mes (an Italian bitter/sweet vermouth) brings a touch more sweetness than the Campari alone.

What’s the original negroni cocktail recipe?

Straight from the pages of Wikipedia, The Negroni cocktail is made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari. It is garnished with orange peel and considered an apéritif.

Five quick Negroni facts

  1. A favorite of bartenders, its gin botanicals, bitter campari, and sweet vermouth, are at constant odds but also in constant balance.
  2. The Negroni is James Bond’s second choice after the Martini of course.
  3. Most historians believe it was first served in Florence, Italy in 1919 to Count Negroni
  4. Count Negroni said, “Can I get an American up in here, and turn it up a notch” (Or something like that)
  5. A classic Negroni boarders on bitter to today’s standard American palate (we love our sugars) so understand and appreciate that going in.

A bit of Negroni history

Like so many historic cocktails, the Negroni has at least two or three credibly possible stories of its origin, most with a clever twist or a character with novella like characteristics. However, most attribute the drink to Count Negroni, around 1919 in Florence, Italy. He essentially wanted more alcohol in his Americano cocktail so some bartender subbed gin for the usual club soda. The Negroni was born.
Being a true classic cocktail currently experiencing heightened popularity, there are plenty of great resources to go deep on this drink. I’ve listed a few below. And once you’ve read up on all the ins-and-outs of this classic, you’ll be ready for Negroni Week coming June 5th through 11th.

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Elliot Westwater

Seattle native, bar owner, craft cocktail enthusiast... husband, father, son, brother, friend to many.