Last Updated on October 7, 2018 by Fiona Maclean
Negroni Cocktail Recipe with Martini
I’ve been a fan of the Negroni for a long time; I’m not a fan of sweet cocktails at all, so the bitter alternatives offered by a Negroni cocktail as a pre-dinner Aperitivo is a frequent choice of mine, such as the ones we recently enjoyed at Luca.
I love the combination of bitters, gin and vermouth. The Negroni may well now be a traditional cocktail but there is a reason why it is a classic.
One version of the story of the drink’s origin claims that it was invented at Caffe Casoni in Florence in 1919. The legend goes that Count Camillo Negroni asked the barman to make his Americano cocktail into something much more interesting. Forsco Scarselli duly replaced the soda water with gin, and swapped lemon with an orange garnish and hey presto the Negroni was born. (A man after my own heart, I always make Pimm’s with sparkling wine rather than lemonade). Maybe Count Negroni got his taste for gin when he lived in London – it’s certainly rather fun to think that might be the case.2019 is going to be the year of the Negroni, so I was thrilled to be sent the perfect box of ingredients (and even a pair of glasses) to make my own Negroni cocktail at home.It really couldn’t be simpler, 1 part of each of the components stirred over ice and garnished with a twist of orange. I have to say that I really liked the MARTINI Bitter 1892 in the Negroni. It had a greater depth of orange flavour and aroma than Campari, and was a little sweeter (but less sweet than Aperol), the herb element was delivered via the MARTINI Riserva Rubino. So if you fancy trying your hand at our version of the Negroni, here’s the recipe – it’s best to get practising in good time for the year of the Negroni!
- 30 ml MARTINI Reserva Speciale
- 30 ml MARTINI bitter 1892
- 30 ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
- Orange to Garnish
Take a nice chunky glass
Fill with a handful of ice cubes
Pour equal parts (30ml) MARTINI Reserva Speciale, MARTINI Bitter 1892, and Bombay Sapphire Gin
Squeeze the peel of an orange into the glass, the oils are important. Use the peel to garnish
Stir and enjoy the depth of flavour, sip with Aperitivo of your choice
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Then, just sit back and enjoy your classic Negroni cocktail
For an alternative simple cocktail recipe do check out how to make a St Germain Spritz – and learn more about the history of this fabulous cocktail ingredient.