So, what exactly is the Negroni?
The bartender was pleased to honor his request and added an orange garnish rather than the lemon wedge of the Americano to signify the strong new drink he had created. In Florence, the Count’s “usual” became known as Count Negroni’s Americano, and eventually, the Negroni, adopted by the Italians as a pre-dinner aperitif or a palate-cleanser.
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For Negroni Week, mixologists all over the U.S. have taken it upon themselves to shake up some creative interpretations of this classic cocktail.
At Dante, a.k.a Negroni heaven, they have a chocolate version with Fords Gin, Campari, Punt e Mes, crème de cacao, chocolate bitters and Valrhona. The Fat Radish in Manhattan's Lower East Side offers a barrel-aged version with sherry barrel-aged wine, Lo-Fi vermouth, Fords Gin, and Campari. Ophelia's signature iteration, dubbed Tonk Tonk, features Tanqeuray No. 10 Gin, Martini & Rosso Bitters, Cocchi di Torino Vermouth infused with tonka bean, chocolate bitters, cocoa powder and salt along the rim of the glass, and a dehydrated orange slice for garnish.
According to the official IBA Drink List
3cl Sweet Red Vermouth
1. Pour all the ingredients directly into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
2. Stir gently.
3. Garnish with half an orange slice.