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Cocktail of the Week: the Negroni

Negroni Week is here at last! And with the help of a book by David T

We’ve been doing the Cocktail of the Week slot for over three years now and as

Yes, we’ve featured a Shallow Negroni, a Montenegroni, and we’ve even featured a White Negroni,

A swanky book, called, naturally Negroni , caught our eye by writer and booze consultant David T

It’s both an introduction to this most storied of drinks and a recipe book with over 30

There’s a version that Scarselli was distracted by a beautiful lady, well he was Italian after

And, as Smith and Rivers explain,  there’s no evidence that Camillo Negroni was actually a count

Furthermore, this count wasn’t even Italian, he was French! Sacre bleu! There’s also another great

I remember in the ‘00s, it was still something of a bartender’s secret

Gradually, and then all of sudden, the Negroni took centre stage and no menu could be complete

We highly recommend buying a copy of Negroni for inspiration

So we’re publishing three recipes from the book which take the basic components of the Negroni,

The gin has to be something with a strong juniper-led profile, no wacky botanicals, we’re going

And this week, we’re running a competition where you could win a Negroni bundle

35cl Bathtub Gin 35cl Campari 35cl Azaline Saffron Vermouth (you can buy all three together here)

Fill a tumbler with a large cube of ice, add all the ingredients and stir until nice

This recipe has been designed to be a more gentle introduction

You can use Campari, Aperol, or Select Aperitivo instead of Sacred Rosehip Cup

25ml That Boutique-y Gin Company Moonshot Gin 25ml Sacred Rosehip or Pimm’s No

1 25ml Martini Rosso 15ml fresh orange juice (blood orange is particularly good) 25ml soda water

Watch out world, here I come! The authors recommend a spice-forward gin such as No

209 Gin 25ml Martini Rosso 25ml Campari 25ml Freshly-made espresso, chilled

25ml Citadelle Gin 25ml Martini Rosso 25ml Campari 25ml Plantation Pineapple Rum 3-4 dashes of Angostura bitters

Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake hard

Smith & Keli Rivers, published by Ryland Peters & Small (£7