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How to prepare a perfect Negroni at home? Recipe and advice from a Mixologist.
The world famous Negroni represents an Italian excellence in the international Mixology scene. Renowned, loved and unmistakable, the unique Negroni taste comes from mixing Gin, Bitter liqueur and Red Vermouth served on the rocks and with a slice of fresh orange. What are the steps in preparing an absolutely perfect Negroni? And, above all, what is the origin story of this drink that today has become a happy hour institution? Here is the recipe and some curiosities about the esteemed Negroni.
Now is the time to discover how to prepare the prefect Negroni at home for whenever you desire the taste of a great classic.
What are the fundamental ingredients to make a Negroni? They are certainly well known, but are also worth mentioning here alongside the recommended quantities to prepare a perfect glass of Negroni:
1 oz. Bitter liqueur
1 oz. Red Vermouth
1 oz. Gin
Fresh sliced orange
Now the simple steps to perfectly mix your homemade Negroni.
When possible, use a short Tumbler glass, the go-to choice of Mixologists. If you prefer your drinks on the rocks, fill the glass three quarters of the way full with ice.
To be able to dose every ingredient to perfection like a true Mixologist, using a Jigger would be ideal. If you do not have one on hand, it is recommended to use an alternative instrument, perhaps a shot glass, to precisely dose the ingredients so as to perfectly recreate the harmony of the three core elements of this iconic drink.
Back to the preparation, it is the moment to proceed with dosing and pouring the single ingredients into the glass. In order, first comes the Gin, second the Red Vermouth, and lastly the Bitter liqueur.
Gently stir the ingredients, ideally with a Stirrer for optimal results, and add a slice of fresh cut orange to the glass. The Negroni is ready to be served. Immediate consumption is recommended to fully enjoy the cocktails peculiarities.
THE NEGRONI IS READY TO BE SERVED.
THE NEGRONI: THE ORIGINS OF A TIMELESS DRINK
The origin of the Negroni can be traced back to 1919 and the city of Florence, to the historic Caffè Casoni to be precise. It is said that the drink came from an idea of one of the bar’s regular patrons, Count Camillo Negroni, who asked the barman to modify his usual aperitif drink, an Americano, substituting the club soda with a dash of Gin. The barman, Fosco Scarselli, accepted. In no time the variant requested by the Count had started to gain popularity amongst a wider circle of patrons. So much so that the new drink with Bitter liqueur, Red Vermouth, and Gin had become a new beloved cocktail: the Negroni. Today the Negroni is one of the most appreciated aperitif drinks in Italy, but also around the world.
The Jigger is a small, steel, hourglass shaped measuring cup, designed specially for mixing cocktails. While they come in various sizes, the standard Jigger (the 30 ml one) has a perfect 1-ounce measuring cup ideal for dosing the Negroni ingredients.