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Negroni | Italian Summertime Treat |

Negroni

In Le Marche, Italy there is a little town, Sarnano. The brochure claims it to be the best example of a Medieval town in the whole of Italy. It is very picturesque with the honey-coloured stone buildings and boasts a lovely Piazza with a hotel that serves cocktails. 

On a hot and humid summers evening, we set off with some dear Italian friends to the hotel for sundowners. I wanted to order a glass of the local chilled Verdicchio which I am crazy about. Our Italian friend told the waitress “no, no, no, it will spoil his appetite, bring Negroni. Never experienced a wine spoiling my appetite before but was game for a new experience! My Italian friend went on to explain. “In Italy, we think a lot about digestion. Sparkling water not still and not too cold” Never Cappuccino after 10 am. An Apperotivo is important before dinner.

Negroni

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By Marc Spendlove-Kruger Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

Legend has it that the drink was created in Florence,  in 1919, for Count Camillo Negroni. He requested that his normal cocktail, the Americano, be fortified with something stronger. The bartender added  Gin and finally, the Negroni was born.

Ingredients

  • 1 Part Martini Rosso
  • 1 Part Campari
  • 1 Part Your favourite Gin

Instructions

1

Combine all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass and stir.

2

Garnish with an orange slice.

After so many years in Italy, I grew to appreciate the concept of the aperitivo – something to activate your palette, start your evening and get you ready,  for the other flavours to come. Enter the Negroni. A perfect balance of sweet, bitter and herbal, a good negroni will help wake up your senses.

Legend has it that the drink was created in Florence,  in 1919, for Count Camillo Negroni. He requested that his normal cocktail, the Americano, be fortified with something stronger. The bartender added  Gin and finally, the Negroni was born.

 

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