Cut half a slice of fresh orange. Garnish using the fruit tweezers. You can use the same orange from which the peel has been removed, to avoid waste.
The History of Negroni
The invention of the Negroni dates back to the period from 1917 to 1920, thanks to Count Camillo Negroni, a gentleman who frequented the most important aristocratic salons in Florence.
One day, returning from one of his countless trips, Negroni asked the barman and friend Folco Scarselli of Caffè Casoni for a change to his usual drink, a mix of bitters and red vermouth very fashionable at the time.
The count asked to make it more robust by adding gin, of which he had become a connoisseur thanks to his London background. It didn't take long for the cocktail 'in the manner of Count Negroni' to become one of the most popular.
This cocktail is recognised for the first time by the IBA (International Bartenders Association) in 1961, although over the years it has undergone some changes. The recipe we present is the one currently recognised by the IBA since 2011, cataloguing it as a 'pre-dinner' drink.
Red vermouth is a Piedmontese creation. A typical product that has brought the name of important Turin companies to the world: such as Cinzano and Martini & Rossi. The bitter is the fruit of the creative genius of Gaspare Campari, founder of his eponymous company in Milan. The Negroni therefore combines two Italian excellences, perfectly representing the Turin-Milan axis.
The IBA recognises a variant of this cocktail: the Americano. It is prepared exactly like a Negroni, but instead of gin a splash of soda water is put directly into the glass. You order it instead of a Negroni when you want to drink something lighter, or when you prepare it with a high-quality sweet red Vermouth, because it will enhance its aroma and flavour. Another variant (even if not recognised by the IBA) of this cocktail is the Sbagliato, in which, instead of gin, a top of prosecco is added, filling the old fashioned tumbler. The rest of the recipe and preparation remains unchanged.