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Cocktail History: The Negroni


It is said that The Negroni was born out of its predecessor, the Milano-Torino. A cocktail invented by Gaspare Campari in the 1860s at Caffé Camparino in Milan, Italy.

The Milano-Torino got its name from the Campari from Milan and the vermouth, Punt e Mes, that came from Turin. It was popular cocktail amongst the Americans but they wanted the Milano-Torino slightly modified with a splash of soda water, thus giving birth to the cocktail Americano.

In 1919 at Caffé Casoni in Florence, Italy. A regular customer, the Italian Count Camillo Negroni, asked the bartender Fosco Scarselli for a bit more strength in his Americano cocktail. The bartender listened to his request and replaced the soda water for gin and the cocktail became Count Negroni’s new go-to cocktail. Other guests of the Casoni Caffé got interested in this modified Americano and started to ask for ”one of Count Negroni’s drinks”. As time went by, the cocktail became known as the Negroni.

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How to make the Negroni at home:

1 ounce (3 cl) gin
1 ounce (3 cl) Campari
1 ounce (3 cl) sweet vermouth
Garnish: orange peel

Steps to create the perfect Negroni:
Add the gin, Campari and vermouth to a mixing glass filled with lots of ice and stir it until the glass gets chilled.
Strain into a glass over lots of ice
Garnish the cocktail with an orange peel.
Sit back, relax and enjoy.