End of Summer Sippin – The Negroni

Posted by: on Oct 1, 2010 | No Comments

I spent last night on the roof of a local hotel sipping cocktails with friends, even though it was beginning to get a bit too chilly to really be outside.  It’s getting close to the end of the outdoor season, so to remind myself of summer I ordered up a Negroni.

In the early 1900s, Count Negroni asked a bartender in Venice to fortify his Americano with some gin instead of soda water, and the Negroni was born.  It’s bitter, strong, and very summery, but delicious even when the temperature begins to drop as an aperitif.

The recipe is simple: equal parts Campari, Gin, and Sweet (Red) Vermouth.  Stir over ice in a rocks glass and add a swatch of lemon peel or an orange slice, along with a couple of sipping straws for good measure.  Enjoy, and forget that summer has left us.

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