Pasta, La dolce vita, the Negroni. The Italians have contributed a lot to modern society. And at last, a cocktail with a history that is traceable right to its very point of inception.
It was 1920 when Count Negroni returned to his native Italy after a sojourn through America’s Wild West. Described as a tough man, he was in love with the idea of cowboys, and was often spotted sporting full regalia.
Apart from his slightly odd cowboy inclination, Count Negroni was a fan of drinking and was a regular at Casoni Bar (later renamed Giacosa) in Florence. It was here, just after returning home, that he asked for an Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water) but with a bit more of a kick.
Fosco Scarselli, the bartender on duty, simply replaced the soda water with gin. A legend was born. Over the years customers would ask for one of Count Negroni’s drinks, eventually simplified to a Negroni.
How do we know all this? Luckily the drink’s origins are documented in Sulle Tracce del Conte: La Vera Storia del Cocktail Negroni, which was written by Lucca Picchi, head bartender at Caffe Rivoire in Florence.
There’s something completely perfect about the Negroni, its balance is exceptional and it’s one of the easiest drinks to assemble. Knock one together and contemplate this phenomenal Italian invention.
Make it at home:
Prep Time: 3 minutes | Serves: 1 | Skill: Super easy
30ml gin | 30ml Campari | 30ml sweet vermouth | cubed ice to serve | orange slice
Rocks glass | Stirring spoon
1. Pour the gin, Campari and vermouth into the glass
2. Fill to the top with cubed ice
3. Stir, adding more ice as necessary
4. Garnish with an orange slice