A Negroni is century old drink original from Italy apparently invented by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, Italy. He wanted something a little bit stronger than Americano he usually had.
The Negroni is simple cocktail with just three ingredients –
- a red vermouth
and is usually garnished with an orange peel.
There is even a negroni week, September 14-20 this year, to celebrate this cocktail. If you want something similar to a negroni but lighter & less try an aperol spritz.
Now if you are going to make a negroni cocktail set you need Campari, vermouth and gin.
There is no Negroni without Campari. And no negroni should never be made without. For Campari, there is no substitute really for this.
For vermouth, there are several options. Here are my recommendations –
- Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
- Cinzano 1757 or Cinzano Rosso
- Martini & Rossi Rosso
For gin, while all of those gins might make a decent cocktail, here are the recommendations for a negroni because the gin can make or break a negroni-
- Hendrick’s Gin
Once you find the combination that works for you, write it down.
Once you pick the favorite ingredients, add the tools you need and you have a nice negroni cocktail set. Some fun things to included, especially if this is a gift would be the following.
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz red vermouth
- 1 oz gin
- orange peel
- Take equal parts of Campari, red vermouth and gin and place in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chill glass and garnish with orange peel,