If you've never had a Negroni, the classic concoction that is one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari, now's the time to start sipping: this is officially Negroni week, a global celebration of the iconic Italian cocktail.
Over 6,000 bars, restaurants and bakeries across the world are making their own riffs on the Negroni all week with $1 for every drink sold going to their own charity of choice or food/pastry item inspired by the cocktail. That's nearly double last year count of 3,500 venues when $320,000 was raised for charity.
You can check 'em all out at NegroniWeek.com but here are a few highlights from some heavy hitters with bitters:
What’s Old is New
Created by Benjamin Schiller, The Sixth, Chicago
Ingredients: .75 oz Campari; 1.5 oz Koval Aged Gin; .5 oz Koval Millet; .5 oz Carpano Antica; 1 small pinch Sea Salt; Aromatic Garnish of Lemon Oil (discard peel).
Shake and strain over ice.
Available at Pouring Ribbons, NYC
Ingredients: 1 oz. Campari; 1 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaican rum; 1 oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir briskly until just cold. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an expressed orange twist.
Michael Mina, San Francisco
Stirred and served tableside in a Bordeaux glass that is infused with a crème de cacao-soaked strawberry rim, over one large ice cube.
Negroni Gum Drops
Prohibition Bakery, NYC