There are few things in life that you can reliably count on. Two of them, as the old saw goes, are death and taxes. With Tax Day now behind us and death hopefully not on the agenda for a while, we can turn our attention to one other thing that is dependably true: the deliciousness of the Negroni.
While enjoyable at any time of year, the crisply bitter Negroni seems particularly well-suited to springtime imbibing. Made with only three ingredients—gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth— measured in equal amounts, a Negroni is also remarkably difficult to foul up, even for novice bartenders (though I won't say it hasn't happened).
Created in the Hotel Baglioni in Florence in the 1920s, the Negroni is an Italian classic that owes its longevity to its dependably delicious nature, and is a perfect drink to unwind with while settling in for the weekend.
- 1 ounce dry gin
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
There are two common ways to serve a Negroni: on the rocks, or straight up. For the former, simply combine the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice; stir to combine, twist a thin piece of orange peel over the drink for aromatics and use the twist as garnish.
To serve a Negroni straight up, combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of orange peel over the drink, and use the twist as garnish.