Recipe: The Classic Negroni Cocktail

The 10-Minute Happy Hour

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The classic Negroni cocktail might be my favorite drink. I know this is a bold statement, but the combination of four simple ingredients is seriously the perfect sip. A friend once said, "That's a guy's drink right?" Au contraire, mon frere. This cocktail is sexy and smooth and perfectly suited for either gender in need of a delicious happy hour.

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Cocktail lore and legend is part of the fun of drinking. So many sips have multiple tales on how they've come to be in your glass today. The Negroni is no exception, and has recently earned its very own book authored by none other than cocktail guru Gaz Regan (formerly known as Gary Regan). The Negroni, A Gaz Regan Notion is packed with stories from drink pros like Wondrich, Salvatore Calabrese, Dale DeGroff, and Jim Meehan. Most bar men and women have had a love affair with this tiny wonder on ice.

The mere existence of the book proves you need to get to know the Negroni, that is if you don't already have a special place in your heart for it. Grab a glass, ice- filled of course, and get to stirring your way to a stellar happy hour tonight.

Just curious... Do you think a drink can be a "guy's drink" or a "girl's drink"? Please discuss!

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Classic Negroni Recipe

Serves 1

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce gin
Flamed orange peel for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients in a short glass filled with ice and stir. 

Run the flamed orange peel around the edge of the glass, lightly squeezing to express the oils. Drop the peel into the glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • A plain orange peel works just as well here.  

(Images: Maureen Petrosky)

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