The Negroni starts with an Americano base–sweet vermouth and Campari–and adds the boozy stoutness of gin. While the Negroni is an aperitif and meant to stimulate the appetite before a meal, too many of these guys on an empty stomach will have you falling off your chair.
Legend has it that Count Negroni created this drink in Italy, when he asked the bartender to spice up his Americano with gin rather than soda, the customary topper for Americanos. Gin in place of fizzy water? We like this Count Negroni. Now, here’s how to make a Negroni for yourself.
1 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
Stir with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass or over fresh ice in a rocks glass–per your preference–and garnish with an orange peel.