The Negroni is a beloved cocktail at Chez Us. We love it for being playful as well as sophisticated. It is pleasant enough to enjoy during the winter or the summer. We thought it would be perfect for a romantic evening at home, or maybe even a pre-dinner drink on Valentine’s evening.
The Negroni was invented in Florence, Italy around 1919 in a little cafe called Caffee Rivoire. It is slightly bitter but still refreshing. The bitterness comes from using Campari which is an alcoholic liqueur that is made from an infusion of herbs and fruit such as chin otto and cascarilla. It can be served straight up in a cocktail glass or on the rocks as we prefer to enjoy it.
lemon or orange zest for garnish
Fill a cocktail glass with ice, and let chill for 5 minutes.
Dump out the ice.
Add the Campari, gin, and vermouth to the chilled glass, along with a handful of ice.
Garnish with a lemon or orange strip.