It’s officially Negroni Week! Negroni Week is an annual global celebration dedicated to one of the most iconic cocktails in the world – the Negroni. The was created by Imbibe Magazine and Campari as a way to celebrate the Negroni cocktail while also raising money for charitable causes.
If you’re out and about this week you’re bound to see a few more Negronis on the menu than you normally might. During Negroni Week, bars and restaurants from around the world participate by crafting their unique variations of the Negroni cocktail, blending gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. These establishments often donate a portion of their Negroni sales to various charitable organizations, making it a delightful way to enjoy a drink while contributing to meaningful causes.
This year bartenders are stirring, shaking, and whipping up the drink this week in an effort to raise money for Slow Food, a “global movement of local communities and activists across more than 160 countries seeking to change the world for food and beverage.”
The annual event runs from September 18-24 this year and is worldwide, meaning wherever you are you can probably participate. You can even participate in your home. If you’re looking for a new twist on the classic drink to try this week at your home bar, we’ve got a few suggestions from bartenders around the country that reimagine the classic drink in fun and different ways:
Fords Gin Negroni
- 1 part Fords Gin
- 1 part Sweet Red Vermouth
- 1 part Bitter Aperitif
- Orange Twist
Stir all ingredients over ice, then strain into a double rocks glass over new ice.
Brugal’s Negroni Sibarita
- 35 ml Brugal 1888
- 15 ml Aperol
- 15 ml Lilletblanc
- Dash peach bitters
Add all ingredients and simply stir over ice. Add the grapefruit peel garnish and serve.
Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Negroni
● 25 ml Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon
● 25 ml Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino vermouth
● 25 ml Bitter liqueur (Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter)
● 1 Lemon peel twist
● 1 Olive
Build over cubed ice in a rocks glass. Stir down for adequate dilution. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and an olive
Black Cat Negroni
Created by: Sam Nelis, Beverage Director of Barr Hill Gin
- 1.5 oz Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin
- 1 oz Cynar
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 Bar Spoon Fernet
- Lemon Twist
Combine Tom Cat Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari in a mixing glass, and add ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add garnish.
Bombay Sapphire Negroni Bianco
● 30 ml Bombay Sapphire gin
● 30 ml Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato vermouth
● 30 ml Italicus Rosolil di Bergamotto Liqueur
● 1 Lemon zest / peel
First fill a mixing glass or shaker with cubed ice and then pour in your ingredients. Using a spoon, stir down until nicely chilled. Decant (strain) your ingredients into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Finish by zesting the peel of a fresh lemon over the drink to express the delicate oils before serving.
Jabroni l Teremana Tequila Negroni
- 1 oz. Teremana Blanco or Reposado
- 1 oz. Campari
- .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
- .25 oz Banana Liqueur
Stir and strain into a Rocks glass, garnish with dried banana chips
- 1.5 oz Don Papa Rum
- ¾ oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz Aperol
- Sprig of Rosemary
- Grapefruit wedge
In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the bitter Aperol, white vermouth and Don Papa Rum. Stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a grapefruit wedge.
- 1oz iichiko Saiten
- 1oz Luxardo Bitter Bianca Vermouth
- 1oz Mancini Sakura Vermouth (if not available, use Lillet Rose)
Mix all ingredients in mixing glass with ice and stir, strain into rocks glass, express and discard orange peel, then serve.