YUM: 6 Ways to Savor a Negroni Cocktail
Want to soak up the final days of summer? Then you must savor the one drink that will help you enjoy la bella vita.
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Usually, the sizzling season is associated with frozen libations, or any cocktail served in a massive tiki glass. And while those drinks are always welcome, something a little more classic and delicious is a must-have to keep the celebration going, especially when it transitions into the perfect autumn cocktail as well.
The Negroni is a light, thirst-quenching drink prepared with Camapri, the vibrant crimson apertif that originated in Italy's Novara in 1860 (and has remained unchanged ever since). The spirit, which is prepared by infusing alcohol and water with a medley of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit, is an essential ingredient in the Negroni — but as you'll soon see, there's more than one way to mix up this classic cocktail.
So whether you’re curious to try Negroni or you just can’t quit those pina coladas, rest assured — there's a varation of this old-school favorite out there to suit your seasonal tastebuds.
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"Negroni is a great drink because it’s gin-based, which is absolutely perfect for summer," says Pam Wiznitzer, creative director at New York City's Seamstress and the NYC president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG). "It’s stirred, which is fabulous for those who can’t handle citrus, refreshing, bitter, and low-proof."
"You can top it with soda water to make it lighter, on the rocks, or straight up," adds Wiznitzer.
Bob Wagner, bartender at New York City's Holiday Cocktail Lounge, is also a huge fan of the drink.
"As we have seen, the Negroni has become a very popular cocktail the world over, and with good reason," he explains. "The crisp, floral notes of London dry gin and the earthy herbaceous notes of good, sweet vermouth stretch the spectrum of flavors in Campari, complementing the bitter-yet-fruity taste that makes a Negroni the chameleon of cocktails, imparting different flavors to match your mood or season."
"It can be a bright punch of citrus oils and blooming flowers over a freshly rained-on field to fit the perfect summer day, or one of those fancy orange-tinged chocolates your grandfather brings you at Christmas," he adds.
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In short? You’ve gotta make a batch of this stuff pronto. And don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone that you’re giving the usual frozen margarita a break.
We’ve had several bartenders share with us some of their most unique, tantalizing ways to drink, enjoy, and love a Negroni: