Celebrate Negroni Week with a delicious twist on the classic Italian drink in it’s 100th year
The iconic Italian drink, bitter, sweet, dry and perfectly refreshing is a delicious aperitif to sip on any time of the year. But with Negroni Week – which runs 24th to 30th June – is upon us, it’s a great time to celebrate the legendary aperitif and indulge in the ruby-hued cocktail as Melbourne’s mixologists dream up new ways to serve the 100-year-old drink.
But first, a little history: in 1919 in Florence, Italy, Count Camillo Negroni walked into his favourite bar – Caffe Casoni – and asked the bartender to strengthen his usual Americano. The bartender, Fosco Scarselli, replaced the soda from the Americano with gin, garnished it with a twist of orange and so the Negroni was born.
Order up a drink or two at these bars and shout ‘saluti’ as you raise a toast to Count Negroni for this sublime gift he left to the world.
Hop onto a bar stool at Harlow in Richmond and choose from one of these clever concoctions:
S’mores Negroni – Pretzel infused Four Pillars, Crème De Cacao rinse, Campari, Cinzanno rosso, then garnished with a torched marshmallow and graham cracker.
Pomelo Negroni – Tequila, Campari, Cinzano Bianco, Grapefruit dash, and finished with dehydrated Campari dust
Traditional Four Pillars Negroni – Spiced Negroni Gin, Campari, Cinzano Rosso, and an orange twist
Add to your Italian fine dining experience with a Negroni at Rosetta Ristorante in Crown where Bar Manager Jacob Dykes’ ode to the Negroni comes in three styles
Classic Negroni: Tanqueray, Tenuta Tamburnin vermouth, Campari
Coconut Negroni: Tanqueray, Campari, Tenuta Tamburnin vermouth infused with toasted coconut and washed with coconut oil (picture below)
Rose Negroni: Tanqueray, Tenuta Tamburnin vermouth and Aperol infused with rose petals
Fatto Bar & Cantina
Fatto Bar and Cantina at River Terrace by Hamer Hall is Celebrating 100 years of the Negroni with Negroni by Numbers throughout the week. With five different Negroni’s on offer, you can enjoy a classic Negroni or make your way through the numbers to try the Cantina’s different takes on the much-loved tipple, including:
I – Negroni: Tanqueray gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari
II – Australian Negroni: 78 Degrees Gin, Okar, Regal Rogue sweet vermouth, Australian Bitters
III – Hibiscus Negroni: Bourbon< Hibiscus infused Aperol, Dolin Rogue, Orange Bitters
IV – Cinnamon Negroni: Pampero Anejo Rum, Punt-e-mes, Carpana Antica Forumla, Fig and cinnamon bitters in a cinnamon smoked glass
V – White Negroni: Drambuie, Campari, Dolin Rogue, Honey syrup
Garden State Hotel
Four Pillars is releasing a limited range of four bottled Negronis which will be available at a pop up store in Garden State Hotel during Negroni Week or you can purchase them from Four Pillars. The Garden State Hotel on Flinders Lane is going all out with a custom-built Negroni Shop which will be open for the duration of Negroni week and will offer the bottled Negronis, Spiced Negroni Gin, Negroni t-shirts and Breakfast Negroni Marmalade.