Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thirsty Thursday: New to Me Negroni

The subtitle of this post should be "Or how I accidentally got drunk on a Sunday afternoon".

We'd spent the morning trying to pick up soil at the State Farmers Market, racking, and weeding, when Brian's BFF, Jason, invited us over for Negronis. He and his lovely fiance, Lindsay, had been working on their yard all morning, too. Honestly, neither of us knew what a Negroni was but we said "hell yes" anyway. It only took one lovely long glass before I was standing, drunk, in their front yard rambling about flowers. Luckily, it was early enough in the day that I was able to sober up well before dinner.

Turns out the Negroni is quite a classic cocktail. This Italian concoction was invented in the early 1900s. A mixture of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, it is said to be named after Camillo Negroni in Florence who always ordered the same cocktail. Today Negroni is served as an aperitif to stimulate the appetite for dinner. Though this might be a bad idea, seeing as how the combination lead to my accidental intoxication.

Campari itself is also an aperitif, as well as a bitters, which was invented by the Italians as well in the early 1800s. Campari, with its infusion of herbs and chinotto, lends the lovely pink hue to this cocktail and can easily be served mixed with soda water for an even easier take on the pre-dinner cocktail. Make it a bar regular and enjoy it often.

1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Combine in a rocks glass over ice, stir to combine and serve, preferably on a lovely sunny porch with a slight breeze. Ah,

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