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.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!
Classic Negroni Recipe
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.
- A plain orange peel works just as well here.
(Images: Maureen Petrosky)