Let's celebrate Negroni week! The Negroni is a classic cocktail that has been around for over 100 years. The exact origin of the negroni is a bit of a mystery, but one theory is that it was created in 1919 by Italian count Camillo Negroni. Negroni week was created in 2013 by Imbibe magazine and Campari. It was created as a way to celebrate the negroni and raise money for charity.
There are many ways to make a traditional negroni, typical key ingredients include: gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The best negronis are made with high-quality ingredients and a careful balance of sweet and bitter flavors. If you're looking for something different but that still captures the essence of a negroni, there are plenty of non-alcoholic versions of the negroni available. With premium alternatives you still enjoy a tasty negroni without the side effects of alcohol. Check out these delicious recipes below to make your own alcohol- free negroni cocktails.
The Garden Negroni
Method: Add bitters and 1 grapefruit peel to a mixing glass and muddle to release the citrus oils. Add ice, Seedlip, Dhōs Lyre's and stir until well chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass over one big ice cube. Garnish with a fresh grapefruit twist, expressing the oils over the glass.
.85 oz Seedlip Spice 94
.85 oz Æcorn Bitter
.85 oz Æcorn Aromatic
Method: Build over ice and stir. Garnish w/ Orange slice or wedge
Zero Proof Negroni
3.5 oz - Wilfred’s Aperitif
0.5 oz - Fresh Grapefruit
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Method: Place a large chunk of ice into an old fashioned glass. Add ingredients and gently stir allowing the ice to melt. Garnish with an orange peel twirl.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, Negroni Week is a great way to enjoy one of the most sophisticated cocktails around. And with non-alcoholic options it's now easier than ever to indulge in this aperitif without the calories or the hangover. Cheers!